Chair Caning, Chair Caner And Seat Weaver


I got bit by the chair caning bug in 1998 in an adult ed class. Since then I have volunteered at a caning workshop for adults with disabilities - it is like a weekly master class.

My regular, private, work under the name Able to Cane includes hand cane (blind, double and S curves), pressed cane, porch chair weaves, splint and binder cane. I do not do Danish cord or rush but do refer.


Yale Architect Student Chair

This chair was designed as a major class studio project by a Yale student. She chose from several patterns and different materials I worked up. Then, I had to interpret it for her frame. On a deadline, of course.

It's a...Watermelon!

Yes, I can get silly.

Mexican folk art chair

It was painted black and in pieces when I started. Chair caning brings the challenge of learning proper re-assembling and gluing! A friend painted the design from photos I found.

Just some ladder backs, but all different

You can often finds ladder backs at garage sales, shops where things are a bit dusty and yes, even at the curb. They can be painted, have the weave style changed from rush to binder cane to Shaker tape, have different woven designs and stand alone or mismatched as a set. Please think the next time one presents itself to you....

Caned Rocker

Wonderful lady's rocker, hand caned curve back. I often have chairs similar to this one for sale.

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