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Fibre-rush seats
Mon Feb 13, 2017 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 benefits, I decided to "open my business" and do some seat-caning for extra income. Doing the accounting for my business won't be a bother, since that is what I did for my living. I learned to hand-weave cane into chair seats over 40 years ago from a friend at my workplace. I obtained a Bird's Eye Maple rocker at a used furniture store. Both seat and back were torn thru and it was varnished almost black. After I stripped the chair, my father-in-law replaced some veneer that had been fixed (badly) with wood putty. He also replaced the curved rails on the back thru which to weave the cane. The chair looks beautiful. The back has held up for 40 years, but the seat needed to be replaced twice (I had two daughters.) I used the chair alot---rocking babies. No grandchildren, yet, though.
I live in Manheim, PA and you can contact me by email at and you can view my work on Facebook at
You do not need a Facebook account to do so since the page is set to PUBLIC. I just finished a full seat and back rocker that I'm especially proud of. There are pictures on the page.
By viewing tutorials on different websites, I learned how to do pressed-cane seat repair and also how to weave fibre-rush seats. The job I'm working on is my first one, and a friend has entrusted me to refurbish her chairs. The top of the seat of the first chair looks decent, but the underside isn't quite as neat as I would like.
Another question: I can understand, in fibre-rush chairs, why you would work with damp rush to do the initial front corners, but I seem to prefer using the dry fibre for the remainder. My rush seems to unravel as I thread it thru the center opening over and over. I do dampen the rush on the rails to compress it together. How do you others cope with that?
Since I only started my business Oct 2016, I'm still looking for more work. I'd appreciate any and all referrals.
I do appreciate checking out the "suggested prices" for work done on the various webpages of different caning businesses. It gives me an idea of how I should charge.
My "net proceeds" are quite lean, but I do appreciate "creating art" when I weave these chairs.

  • Re: Fibre-rush seats The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Sun Feb 12 11:55pm
    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... more
    • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Mon Feb 13 9:11am
      • 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: 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, 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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