Restoration & Repair
Pre-Woven and Lace Weave
The chair in the picture on the left above has been woven with Natural Rush. Natural Rush dates back longer than any other type of caning material and is actually the long leaves of the Cattail Plant that have been cut, cured and twisted together. Because of the involved harvesting and preparation process, Natural Rush is one of the most expensive types of cane. In recent years a type of synthetic rush has been developed called Fibercord. (Pictured on the chair on the right above.) At about half the cost of Natural Rush, Fibercord is basically craft paper that has been twisted to look like Rush and is woven on a chair seat in the same manor. In order to determine the cost of caning a chair seat with Fibercord, use the same formula as in the flat reed above.
a x b = c x .25
To determine the cost of caning a chair seat with Natural Rush, use the same formula but multiply the number of square inches for the chair seat by .50 .
BABY CARRIAGE RESTORATION
At a Customers Request, We Just Completed A Total Restoration on This 1920's Wicker Baby Carriage, Including Repairing and Reweaving the Wicker, Replacing the Rubber on the Tires, Repairing the Handle and Painting All Parts.
The "honeycomb" pattern shown in the chair seats above can be achieved in one of two ways. The way the chair is made will be the determining factor as to which method is used to create the look. The chair seat pictured above on the left has a routed groove around the perimeter of the seat. It is designed to accommodate a machine made, pre-woven sheet of cane that is held in place by a piece of spline that is tapped into the routed groove. To determine the cost of caning a chair seat with Pre-Woven Cane, use the same formula as above but multiply the number of square inches for the chair seat by .30 .
a x b = c x .30
If the seat is circular like the one shown here, take the diameter and multiply it times itself. For example, If the seat is 12 inches in diameter:
12 x 12 =144 x .30 = $43.20
Another way to achieve this "honeycomb" pattern is to weave it by hand. Unlike the chair seat with the routed groove, a chair that requires that the seat be hand woven will have small, evenly spaced holes around the perimeter of the seat. This process is called Lace Weave. This type of caning has to be woven by hand in 7 step process. To determine the cost involved in caning a lace weave chair, multiply the number of holes around the perimeter of the seat by $1.35. For example if the seat has 60 holes, the cost (including materials and labor) would be $81.oo
The chair seat above was woven with a 5/8 inch wide Flat Reed. (Also known as Flat Rattan). Flat Reed usually comes in sizes ranging from 1/4 to 7/8 inch in width. This chair was woven in a Herringbone pattern (which is the most popular), but other patterns and designs can be created.
The best way to determine how much it will cost to cane a chair with flat reed is to measure it. Start with one of the side rails (that the cane will be woven around). Measure from the front leg to the back leg support. (We'll call this measurement "a") Then measure the front rail between the two front legs. (We'll call this measurement "b") Then, multiply "a" and "b" to get the number of square inches for the chair seat. (We'll call this "c") If you want the seat woven in a 1/4 to 3/8 inch flat reed, multiply the number of square inches of the chair seat ("c") by .40 . If you want the seat woven in a 1/2 to 7/8 inch flat reed, multiply the number of square inches by .30 . Here's an example of how to figure the price for your chair (which will include the cost of materials and labor) if you want it caned in 1/2 inch flat reed and your seat is 10 inches deep (from the front leg to the back leg) and 12 inches across (the front rail between the two front legs.)
10(a) x 12(b) = 120(c) x .30 = $36.00
People have been caning the seats and backs of chairs and rockers for centuries. For the most part, the materials used in this process have remained the same. The average person with a chair to be caned however, usually doesn't realize that there are so many different types of cane and caning materials to choose from. Pictured below are a few of the different types of cane available. To determine the cost for caning your chair, scroll down until you see the type of cane that is on your chair. Then, measure your chair and follow the formula.
Or, if you prefer, just bring your chair or rocker by our shop and we'll be happy to look it over and let you know how much it will be to do the job.
Wicker and Rattan Repair
Binder Cane, which is flat on the bottom and dome shaped on the top, comes in different widths and is most often used in Lace Weave chair seats (mentioned above). However, the 1/4 inch size of this cane is also popular on Porch Rocker seats and backs in a herringbone design or a 2-1 weave, shown here.
The stool above is woven with Sea Grass. Like Rush, these marine grasses are cut, dried and twisted together to form a small cord (usually about 1/8 in diameter) and are woven in a variety of patterns. To determine to cost of weaving a seat with sea grass, use the same formula that was used above for a Rush seat.
a x b = c x .50
We also offer Wicker and Rattan repair. From the simple resecuring of a Rattan wrapped leg to the patching or reweaving of damaged Wicker arms or backs, we specialize in this type of repair. Because each repair job is different, the cost for this type of repair is determined by the assessment of each individual piece.
So, if you have a chair or rocker that might need to be repaired or recaned, bring it by our store sometime. We'll be happy to take a look at it, talk to you about it a little and tell you how much it will cost to have it redone.
Natural Rush and Fibercord