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recaning hand woven chair seat11/22/13
I am about to reweave a caned chair seat for the first time. Any advise?
If you've never done it before, read up on it first. There are different types of cane (natural strand, plastic, cane webbing, etc.), and all have their own applications. Anybody can do it, but a little know how, a few special tools, and a lot of patience will make for a good result.
I recommend reading Chair Seat Weaving by George Starnes. It out of print but available from Amazon. That is where I was inspired to develop my designs.
On hand cane where the holes are drilled around the edge of the cane the first thing is to make sure you use the correct size material to begin with.
The size is dictated by the diameter of the holes and the distance between centers . There are charts where ever you buy your hank of hand cane (say that 3 time fast) that will show you what size to use it is critical because so many stands will come through each hole when done.
Next make sure to use some Gycerin in the water you soak the cane in , it will really help soften it up especially in the weaving stages .
Cane & Basket Supply Co, L.A. Calif has everything you need and experienced staff to help you .
The average seat like 14" X 16" or so can take an average of 12-16 hours per seat . Good luck and happy weaving .