dileboeuf
How did you get started in the chair caning business
Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:56pm
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I want to tell you about my mother who I think is the most amazing woman I have ever met. She has been caning since 1973. Caning was the farthest thing in the world she ever thought she would do. She was a trained soprano soloist singing professionally here in Oklahoma City and for several different churches. She was a secretary also. She remarried in her 50's and this person was a furniture refinisher and did caning. They were married for about 18 months and one day they were on their way home from Kansas and her husband told her to pull over at the rest stop because he thought he was hungry. Mom pulled the car over and when she got to the passenger side he was dead. Moving on with the story - a friend of mom's convinced her to make up a card and take it around to the different antique refinishers in town. The friend told me that mom was so scared and timid. She had learned enough to do some basic caning and the rest she just pulled out of books. Through the years she has taught many family members to cane and rush. She taught me to cane and do other weaves and I have taught my new husband to cane and he has progressed to blind caning which he really likes to do. Mom has just recently retired but we are going to try to fill her shoes and continue the family business. We gave her a 95 birthday party which she just loved. I really enjoy getting the Forum and have learned so much from all the professionals that post. There is so much more that I want to learn but I wanted to get mom's story told. Thank you Catherine for all your help.

Dianna LeBoeuf
Reddick Family Chair Caning
Oklahoma City, OK

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