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Vicky Perron
Cane Seat Repair or Replace?
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:20am
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I'm very new to the art, so please be patient with me? I've been asked by a neighbor to repair or replace the seat in a small antique chair. The damage is minimal but there is another area that has some weakness and deterioration but is still intact (again, minimal). I was wondering if it's practice to replace the entire seat or is there a way to replace just the damaged areas and secure the existing cane that is in good condition. They are very stable and not brittle. $ isn't an issue, and honestly as I am new to this, that isn't a factor. I just want to learn and get better.

Vicky Perron, Lancaster SC

    • Cane Seat Repair or Replace Vicky Perron, Wed May 1 7:54am
      Thank you for your feedback! It's so sad to see the original work go, but I understand it's necessary. :)
    • Repair or Replace gm.hefley, Wed Apr 24 1:19am
      I have tried in the past to weave in strands to repair small spots of damage and found that though it can be done, that its just better looking and stronger to replace the whole seat. I don’t make... more
      • Repair or replace dhumph202, Fri Apr 26 4:05pm
        I have repaired quite a few caned chairs. It’s mostly the backs and have not had any problems. The key is to charge accordingly , some chairs like French caned are very expensive to have replaced. So ... more
        • French Cane Vicky Perron, Wed May 1 7:58am
          Hi Dennis! Hopefully the skill to repair will come in time. I'm going to have to research French cane! My first weave (and only so far) is a Drucker French Bistro chair. Have you ever worked on one?
      • Replace Anonymous, Wed Apr 24 3:57am
        Same as Hefley, I never repair, it's time consuming, there is a color difference, and if one part of the cane is breaking you can bet the rest of the seat is getting ready to go. Good luck.
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