Nice to see you here on the forum, welcome! Where are you located?
I believe you should rethink the use of the natural pre-twisted rush in favor of the paper fiber, which was the material usually found in the Stickley rockers and chairs. For one thing, it's much easier to work with, costs less and looks great.
You might find my blog very helpful as far as weaving with paper rush is concerned, since I've posted a lot of hints and tips about it.
And then too, take a look here doing a SEARCH on paper fiber rush and read all the posts that we've discussed over the past eight years about the subject.
I used to have articles online showing the steps and also a photo album on PictureTrail, with the intent to post them on my website, but haven't gotten that far yet.
I prefer to use straight varnish on the paper fibre, but many others like to use shellac and I use linseed oil/turpentine on my hand-twisted natural cattail or bulrush seats. Never use pre-twisted though, so can't comment on that one.
So I'm building an authentic Gustav Stickley rocking chair designed in the 1920's and decided to tackle the job myself of weaving the rush seat. I've never done rush weaving before and was looking... more
Kevin, Here are some more hints and tips that you might find helpful when just beginning to learn how to weave a paper rush seat. It's a blog post I made a year or so ago on that very topic. Sorry,... more
Re: Rush Seat for Stickley Rocker The Wicker Woman,Tue Jun 12 1:25pm
Cathryn, Thanks for the well wishes, I'm located next door in Wisconsin. I had no idea the paper fiber rush was used at the Stickley factories, as my impression was that this was a recent invention.... more
You're welcome Kevin! Where a bouts are you located in Wisconsin? And can you come to our 5th Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers' Guild at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on August 3, 4 & 5th to meet... more
I'm in the Milwaukee area, not far from Old World WI. The event looks like fun, but unfortunately I''ll be traveling that weekend. Next time. I'll let you know after I get a chance to read more on... more
Kevin: I have somethings I've posted on my Blog that maybe of some help to you. http://the--chairman.blogspot.com/ and I also did a series of pictures in my Rush photo Album on my Facebook page... more
Hi Jim, I appreciate the links provided and will study them to better understand the process. I really like the simple look of the woven reed seat on your rocker, and will think about that for the... more
on the last big set of G. Stickley chairs I did it was 5/32 paper rush as well as the foot stools I have done so far. Craig Phillips B & C Emporium antiques and original hardware http://www.b-c-e.biz ... more