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Three chair caning design samples

Indiana Chair Company rocker

Here are some chair caning samples that I did a while ago that I think you’ll enjoy seeing. This first cane chair seat is a wide binding cane seat on an unmarked hickory frame rustic rocker. It could be Old Hickory or the Indiana Chair Company or a copy from another chair manufacturer. But to be absolutely certain, we’d need to see the manufacturer’s label, but nevertheless isn’t she a beauty? Here’s a closeup of the herringbone twill seat in 6MM wide binding cane. Then I also did a spline cane desk chair which uses pre-woven cane webbing and a hole-to-hole strand cane dining room chair seat. Can you spot the difference between these two types of cane chair seat weaving? The pre-woven cane webbing,… [Read More]

Antler Basket in 2015 Juried Exhibition

Art on the Edge Exhibit Bigfork, MN

There’s still time to see my antler basket wall sculpture in the 11th Annual Art on the Edge juried art exhibit at the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork, Minnesota.   My antler basket, “Midnight Antler Shed” was juried into the show. Have you been there yet? Show ends July 25th so there’s not much time left.  

Willow Gathering 2015 Decorah, Iowa

Black willow student class baskets

WEDNESDAY WICKER WISDOM–Yet again this year, Willow Gathering organizers Jo-Campbell Amsler and Lee Zieke Lee, put on a fantastic week-long conference on willow basketmaking. It was held on the beautiful Luther College campus in Decorah, Iowa. Watch the video below that “Auntie” Donna Kalner made to document the festivities! This gathering of willow basketmakers is the only one of its kind in the United States, focusing entirely on making baskets using cultured (farmed) willow rods. It has consistently drawn basket weavers from all over the country and Internationally, since its inception three years ago. I had the pleasure of taking a three-day, black willow bark class from Kentucky basketmaker and instructor, Jennifer Zurick. She goes out on a canoe and harvests the black willow bark… [Read More]

Jack Jungroth’s 1988 Father’s Day gift

Cathy and Jack Jungroth 1952

Since my dad, Jack Jungroth passed away on June 7, 2011, I can no longer send the card, send the Father’s Day gift, or make the phone call on Father’s Day like I did for years and years. But he’s in my thoughts almost every day. I’m sending him love, peace and joy for all he did for me to make me the person I am today. I’m truly grateful for the help and advice he offered. When I was growing up, almost every single morning, he would eat Wheaties cereal for breakfast. So when I saw that the cereal company was running a special offer to put your photo on the box, I jumped at the chance to make that Dad’s father’s day present… [Read More]

Chair Caning and Basket Making Supplies in Ontario, Canada

Levair's Woodworking and Caning Supplies

Need chair caning supplies and basket making supplies for your next DIY project? How about some rattan reed for wicker furniture repairs? Looking for a Canadian source of cane and basket supplies and materials? Well then, check with Levair’s Woodworking and Caning Supplies, the newest addition to the Cane and Basket Supplies Directory™. Levair’s is located in Ottawa Valley, Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada and is a full-service mail order supply company, shipping all across Canada and the region. They carry a wide variety materials, everything needed for seat weaving and basket weaving projects; strand chair cane, paper rush, natural rush, cane webbing, basketry hoops, rattan reed, instruction books and tools.

Opening a wicker repair shop–#Throwback-Thursday

wicker shop zumbro falls mn 1994

#THROWBACK-THURSDAY–Opening a wicker repair shop I have always carried on my business at home so I could care for my children when they were young, and to save on expenses afterward. But in 1991, when the kids were in junior and high school, I found a very good, (make that cheap) place to rent in a small town only 10 miles away from where I lived. So I jumped on the chance and made the big move, with structured hours and everything. It was great taking the business out of the house. I loved driving to work, “punching” a time clock again, maintaining regular hours and being right on Main Street of this small town in southern Minnesota. I realized right away, that I couldn’t… [Read More]

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