Mr. Stafford
Re: How did you get started...?
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:44pm
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Hello all,

My name is Mr. Stafford and I fell into my first chair caning project about four years ago. I had been a woodworker and professional musician for about 25 years and I had just started to get my handmade stringed instrument business off the ground when I sustained permanent damage to my ears. The incident left me with a condition called hyperacusis, whicj makes all sounds about 500 times louder than they actually are. I needed to learn how to work quietly, so I taught myself how to use old hand tools and how to restore antique furniture.

Then, one day, it happened. I found a listing on Craigslist for a fire damaged, weather worn rocking chair with a cane back and sides. I watched a video by Cindy Hammond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5IRBuwONnA) and thought that I would give it a try. I caned the seat three times and the back twice before I ended up with a result that I was finally able to live with. If anyone's interested, I made a video of myself doing that first rocking chair (https://vimeo.com/faithfullyrestored/rockingchair).

I have collected about five more rocking chairs that are in really bad shape and in need of caning, but I have not been able to get around to them yet. I have been hired by one of my brothers to restore and recane two old oak chairs that belonged to our paternal grandparents. They are pressed cane seats and I just succeeded in caning the first one this evening.

I have avoided getting into the caning projects, which await me, because I am afraid that I will develop an insatiable addiction. Which brings me to a question. Is there decent money to be made in caning chairs and other forms of seat weaving? I would be more comfortable developing an addiction if I knew there may be honest money to be made. Can one make a living at seat weaving or is it more of a labor of love?

Sincerely and respectfully,
Mr. Stafford

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