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How did you get started in the chair caning business?
Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:44pm
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Picture with me, a cold, snowy January Saturday in 1975 ( 3 months after discharge from the US Army). Barbara and I have just completed the 2 hour drive to the home of her grandparents. For our chair caning lesson from Grandpa O. H. Elder (age 84), we brought 2 round bottom chairs that belonged to my mother. We spent the entire day and as we were leaving I asked him what he did with mistakes. Due to my occupation as an embalmer and funeral director, he laughed and said with a smile, "I know what you do with your mistakes, you bury them." He died suddenly of a heart attack 3 days later.

Being a man of faith, I don't believe in coincidences. I believe that any weaving ability and desire are a God-give blessing.

Saturdays were often slow at the local mortuary where I was employed . Many a Saturday afternoon would find me weaving a seat in the office at the funeral home. The little extra money was a good supplement to a low paying (I didn't own the place) job. With a young family at home, the 20 cents per hole that I charged sure came in handy. A hank of cane was $6.00 at the time.

Fast forward 39 years and 1200 chairs later. It's now January 2014. My frustration reached its limit and I switched to synthetic cane. I now charge $1.75/ hole and you all know the current cane price. I love this art or craft just too much to give it up.

Happy weaving to all from a happy SU.

David W. Dick

And to Cathryn, I can't say "Thank You" often enough for this Forum.

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