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 everyone? http://seatweaversguild.org/gatherings
And no, the paper rush is not a new material at all. It was invented in 1904 when there was an embargo against importing any rattan from China and the US had to come up with a different material to replace the rattan in the wicker furniture. Shortly after that, it was also used in weaving rush seats to take the place of the hand-twisted natural bulrush and cattail leaves that were used before the invention.
This man-made product was the beginning of the end for our wicker furniture industry here as you will find out when you read all the articles and pages on my website.
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
Hi Kevin, 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... more
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
Re: Rush Seat for Stickley Rocker The Wicker Woman,Tue Jun 12 2:56pm
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