Hand Cane and Pre Woven Cane Weaving, Canada
Hand Cane - Traditional Seven Step Hand Caning (with drilled holes)
Holes are drilled around the perimeter of the chair 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.
Other names used for hand caning include strand cane, lace caning, traditional caning, hole to hole caning and natural strand caning.
Pre Woven 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. Caning Calgary stocks
3/8" Open Mesh
1/2" Open Mesh
3/4" Open Mesh
1" Open Mesh
Fine Radio Weave
Medium Radio Weave
Photos can be found within the Pre Woven Cane photo album.
Other names for Pre woven cane include cane webbing, pressed cane, pressed-in cane, machine cane, sheet cane and spline cane.
Hand Cane, Blind Hand Cane / French Cane & Double Cane
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 sides 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 hand cane 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 Furniture Care & Use
Cane can be cleaned using a wood soap; an example being Murphy's Oil Soap and a soft cloth. Do not use the chair for two days to let the cane fully dry.
Oil the cane on your furniture once or twice a year using a lemon or teak oil. Apply the oil to the bottom porus side of the cane and wipe off the excess after 15 minutes.
Avoid putting cane furniture in hot, dry or sunny rooms. Also avoid putting cane furniture near heat vents as it will dry out the cane and make it brittle.
Never stand on a cane chair. Cane is extremely strong when weight is evenly distributed across the surface.
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. You can extend the life of your cane furniture by wetting the underside of the chair with a warm wet towel and then letting it dry to tighten the sag. Do not use the chair for two days to let it fully dry and tighten.
Cane doesn't need to be sealed or stained as it will naturally colour with age. If you choose to stain the cane use an oil based stain on the top side of the cane not the porous bottom of the cane. The bottom side is used to oil your cane to regain moisture. Caning Calgary would be happy to provide contact details for the businesses we know within Calgary.
The inside edge of cane furniture is often a sharp 90 degree angle and can damage or cut the cane material with time and use. This sharp inside can be smoothed to prevent this type of damage to the cane material prior to re-caning.