Expert Cane and Pre Woven Chair Repair, Canada
Hand Cane - Traditional Seven Step Hand Caning (with drilled holes)
Holes are drilled around the perimeter of the frame and individual strands of cane are hand woven through the series of drilled holes.
Hand cane weaving is becoming a lost art performed by only a few craft people in Canada.
A simple chair can take 20 hours to re-weave, the average chair or panel takes between 15-40 hours to weave.
Pre-Woven Cane - Cane Webbing, Pressed Cane, Machine Cane or Sheet Cane
Pre-woven sheet cane is set into a routed out groove on the top side of chair, held in place with a reed spline, no holes drilled in framework.
Pre-woven cane comes in many different patterns and gauges.
Hand Cane, Blind Hand Cane / French Cane & Double Cane Settee
Blind Caning / French Caning is when the holes of a hand caned chair do not go all the way through the chair frame. Each individual strand of cane is cut to size, woven and then glued into the holes. Holes are then pegged to provide the finished piece.
Double Sided Caning is when both side of the chair frame is caned. Double caned surfaces are also usually blind caned as well.
Both blind/French caning and double sided cane are extremely labour intensive.
This settee has a hand caned seat, French/Blind double sided caned arms and a blind caned back. It was lovely when complete.
Hand Caned Hanging Medallion with Sunshine Pattern
Hanging medallions can be woven in a sunrise pattern or using the seven step hand cane method.
This project consisted of a three seater settee with three hanging medallions on the backrest and two arm chairs with hanging medallions. The backs of all pieces were completed in the Sunrise pattern and the arms were completed in the standard seven step method.
Hand Caned Sunrise Pattern
The rising sun pattern forms a sun ray with tight holes at the bottom of the ray and wider spaced holes along the sides and top of the ray.
Cane is the outer bark of the rattan palm.
Avoid putting cane furniture in hot, dry or sunny rooms.
Do not place cane furniture near heat vents as it will dry the cane and make it brittle.
Never stand on a caned chair
Cane stretches when you sit on it which allows for the stress of even weight distribution. Over time the stretch will sag. When the cane loses its ability to stretch it will begin to break along the chair from or within the sag. If your chair starts to sag wet the underside with warm water and let it dry overnight.
Cane doesn't need to be sealed or stained as it will naturally age over time. If you choose to stain your cane use a varnish stain on the top side of the cane not the porous bottom of the cane as the bottom side is used to oil your cane to regain moisture
Oil your cane once or twice a year with one part boiled linseed oil to two parts paint thinner or lemon oil or teak oil. Apply the oil to the bottom porous side of the chair and wipe off excess after15 minutes