Re: Fibre-rush seats
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:55pm
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Hey DKR.SeatCaning, please introduce yourself to us so we know how to address you and answer some of your questions. What's your name and what state do you live in, for example.

In answer to this question, if you do a Search on the homepage you will find a lot of different ways of finishing the rush seats. Personally, I like to use satin varnish too, but I don't use the expensive Marine varnish. But finding regular varnish can get difficult now, so I've switched to poly.

I've also tried using shellac, but don't care for using that because it's been my experience, if you spill on the shellac seat, there's a tendency for it to leave a white spot where the liquid was and it doesn't go away.

And yes, you do cover both the top and bottom because the varnish or shellac acts as a protectant as well as a "glue" to keep the strands together. I always give the seats two or three finish coats.

Here are some pictures of one of my very early rush seats, a youth chair for my son made in 1976 that I used varnish on both top and bottom. It's stood up very well through two kids and four grandkids.

Paper rush youth chair seat that I wove in 1976

Top of rush youth chair seat that I wove in 1976

Bottom of rush youth chair seat that I wove in 1976

Hope this helps and I'm sure several others will chime in with their solutions, too.

The wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peters
https://www.WickerWoman.com/seatweaving-faq



  • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Sun Feb 12 1:59pm
    I'm just learning how to do fibre-rush seats and have just finished my first one. I've considered whether or not to "finish" the fibre and have decided to use marine-grade varnish, satin finish. My... more
    • Fibre-rush seats. giola, Mon Feb 13 8:14am
      for what it's worth. I just did my first one as well, but using paper not fibre. After a lot of back and forth asking questions from quite a few sources. I went with shellac that I added a little... more
      • Re: Fibre-rush seats. The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 13 11:27pm
        Hi Joe, Congratulations for weaving your first paper fibre rush seat, that's great to hear! The word "fibre" denotes the man-made paper rush and is spelled that way to make it clear that it's not a... more
    • Re: Fibre-rush seats The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Sun Feb 12 11:55pm
      • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Mon Feb 13 9:11am
        Wow! Thank you for your quick reply. My name is Darlene Roehm, and I'm recently retired from my full-time job. Since social security allows you to earn a moderate amount of money without losing... more
        • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Mon Feb 13 11:20am
          Here is the link separate from the text in this reply to help people get to my Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/DKRCaneSeatReplacements/ Just copy/paste the entire link into the address bar.... more
          • Re: Fibre-rush seats The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 13 11:36pm
            Whoops! You are so right, I did miss where you said that you were in Pennsylvania, I'm so sorry. Yesterday, I did copy and paste your FB URL as you have it in your latest post and tried again... more
            • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Tue Feb 14 6:44am
              I'm sorry you are having issues with the link. I had sent it to another friend, and she was able to see my pictures. She is NOT on Facebook. Here is the link I sent her:... more
          • Fibre-rush seats Patti Erickson, Mon Feb 13 4:38pm
            Hi Darlene, Welcome! My name is Patti Erickson and I have been doing chair caning for close to 40 years. I live in Southern York County, PA....so we are neighbors. In answer to your question about... more
            • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Mon Feb 13 5:56pm
              I hope it doesn't take me 40 years to be happy with how the undersides of my chairs look! I won't last that long! I'll be starting my second chair soon and plan on just very briefly wetting the... more
        • Re: Fibre-rush seats The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 13 11:14am
          Fantastic! Thanks so much for the intro Darlene, what state are you in, you forgot to mention that in your post and I couldn't find it on your FB page, either. BTW, still had to sign in to FB to be... more
      • Re: Fibre-rush seats The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 13 12:17am
        Here's a really, really old post from only a month after I started this chair caning forum in April 2004 that talks about the proportions when using shellac on a paper rush seat. You can do a search... more
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