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Re: Damage Repair
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:39am

I'm with Rob on this one, but boy, that's a magnificent and valuable cane chair! Have you been asked to replace the seat and also "repair" the back? And are ALL the other panels perfect (including the back side of the back) and not in need of any repairs or replacement?

It's going to cost the customer a fortune just to have the seat replaced, from what I see. Looks like there are well over 100 holes on the seat alone, right? Like Rob said, if you "repair" the back caning it's just going to fail again at some point and it might be when they still own the chair.

It's sacrilege even to suggest this but they MIGHT consider having an upholsterer cover the back instead of having the caning redone since they don't want to put too much money into it.

Or, another alternative would be to have a slipcover put over the entire front and back of the back portion somehow, leaving both cane sides intact. Or maybe a full-length cover pad (like a seat cushion only for the back), just on the front and leave the caning intact.

Hope these alternative repair suggestions help you and your customer!

The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peters

  • Damage Repair Anderson's Restorations-Rob, Sun Jun 17 8:35am
    I would pass on this. If you repair, I can promise that when more breaks they will want you to fix again, usually at no cost. I have 2 chairs now blind cane that the customer wanted "fixed". It was... more
    • Re: Damage Repair gm.hefley, Sun Jun 17 3:14pm
      Hi there! Thanks for the replies. The side panels are both intact. The seat is severely damaged. I will follow your advice. Mike Hefley Murrells Inlet, SC
    • Re: Damage Repair The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Sun Jun 17 10:39am
      • Blind Caning gm.hefley, Sun Jun 24 10:07am
        Thanks to y’all for the great ideas. I am going to take a piece if Super Fine sheet cane and splice/glue over the hole, suggest the slip cover for the back and cut a fitted piece of birch plywood for ... more
      • Blind Caning nantaylor56, Sun Jun 17 10:18pm
        Yes a beautiful chair! I just finished my first blind chair back so not an expert by no means. I agree if you try to mend it it will cause more breaks. I charged $5.00 a hole with a total of $350. My ... more
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