TR Tolzmann, hand chair caner since 1972. I also refinished furniture in what I think is the traditional way.
Hand chair caning is work that makes me feel good. Why? It re-enlivens tradition—hand work—a craft. It makes something usable again—restores it, as it were.
It can use skill and dedication in the caning—the doing. The skill is a natural trait—good with my hands, it seems to be an inherent trait.
It seems the skill is essentially wanting to do it well.
I also offer lessons in whistling, singing, playing the French horn. As well as lessons and advice on refinishing, repairing, caning, upholstering, and furniture building.
Contact today for directions and let me know what services I can provide to help you on your project.
Ellen Harford, owner of Island Maide, learned her craft at an adult education class.
Since taking that first class, which sparked her entrepreneurial spirit, Ellen has been providing chair seating in a variety of weaving techniques and materials for 30 years.
Island Maide creates handcrafted seating to replace worn or broken chair seating. Services include traditional hand caning, pressed cane, half-round oval seatweaving and rush, extending the life of memorable family heirlooms.
Located on an island in Casco Bay in Maine, Ellen has made it her mission to help bring business and the arts to the island community.
She’s doing her part by adding chair caning and other types of seat weaving repair services.
Pick-up and delivery services within 50 miles of Portland, Maine is also available.
Harry Johnston, owner of HSJ’s SeatWeaving has been serving the greater Canton, Ohio area since 2009.
Services that HSJ’s SeatWeaving provides are the following designs and/or patterns:
- Seven step hole to hole cane in traditional hexagon, diamond and other patterns
- Chair backs in snowflake and spider-web designs
- Pressed cane
- Paper fibre rush
- Wide binding cane in herringbone and other patterns
- Danish cord
- Basket weave for chair seats
We provide the services of caning and seat weaving and also have the ability to stain and repair chairs if needed.
Contact today to discuss your project and set your appointment to get TLC for your cherished piece.
We do quality caning at reasonable prices!
For 30+ years, Karen Scott, owner of H P Basketry and Caning LLC located in Duncan, OK has woven baskets and provided chair caning services in the area and well beyond.
This quality business includes all types of chair seat weaving; hand caning and pressed cane webbing, Shaker tape and rattan in many patterns.
Wicker repair, basket repair, and minor structural repairs are also included, as is customer advice about the best stains and finishes to use on their heirlooms.
Silver River Center for Chair Caning is operated by two chair nerds on a mission to cultivate and inspire a reverence for a worldwide chair caning legacy.
Our vision is to promote an enthusiasm for the craft through education, published work, restoration, and travel. Be on the lookout for our instructional manual to be published in 2023! Also, see our article in Mother Earth News (August/September 2021).
We aim to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art. We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs. So we expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum. We teach small classes at our shop in Asheville as well as regular classes at John C Campbell Folk School, Penland, Arrowmont, and the Island Farm.
Silver River is an official education center of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Memberships include The SeatWeavers’ Guild, The Furniture Society, The American Craft Council, The River Arts District Association, and we are a heritage member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild (Brandy is a 4th Generation Chair Weaver). We are proud to honor a family tradition, the craft, and all chair nerds (past, present, and future) with Silver River Center for Chair Caning.
Visitors to Silver River can–
- See daily demonstrations on an incredible variety of chairs with woven seats.
- Take classes from beginner to advanced tutorials, volunteer, or apply for apprenticeships.
- Take a self-guided tour d’ chairs and read about the material, history, and process of 8 styles of chair seat weaving. A permanent collection of historical chairs is on display as well as rotating exhibits including #canespotting and Historic Western North Carolina Chairs.
- Enjoy the reference library and educate yourself on ancient and global traditions.
- Bring their family heirloom in for restoration by our seat weaving experts
- Donate their chair for student practice
- Purchase restored chairs for sale
- Get advice on their chairs
- Quickly become total chair nerds.
NOTE: Due to the “Pandemic Pivot” as well as persistent overuse injuries, we are stepping away from MOST restorations. We still love to weave chairs, we just have to be more selective with what we bring in. Our main goal is education through classes, both in-person in our shop and at craft schools across the country, and online.
We shoot videos for YouTube and we are building an online school for on-demand learning from the comfort of your home. We travel to speak and demonstrate at museums, craft shows, schools, woodworkers associations, etc.
As such, our restoration waitlist is often 6 months-1 year out. Restoration inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] and should include photos of the chair attached to the email. Classes at the moment in 2022, are by appointment only, call or email to schedule.
Corporate & Board Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
Bayberry Seatweaving is now located in Bellevue, Nebraska, just south of Omaha, after recently moving from Canton, Massachusetts. Owner, Ted Powell had his chair caning and seatweaving business in Canton for 15 years, providing chair caning and other seatweaving services in the surrounding area.
My mother was the Extension Service agent for Dukes County on Martha’s Vineyard – great place to grow up on!! She taught me how to refinish, cane, and rush furniture back in the sixties when I was about ten years old.
In Canton, I concentrated on single strand caning, pressed cane, paper rush, pre-twisted natural rush, and Danish cord. I intend to keep doing these same skills and incorporating other seat weaving types as the need arises.
In addition, I provide minor restoration, re-gluing, and refinishing. My turn-around times vary depending on what is needed and the complexity of the work. However, because I am “retired,” I can respond quickly. I provide free cost estimates and can usually do them using a few pictures and some seat measurements.
Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
Stephen Ambrose -“The Chair Seat Weaver” is a 4th generation professional chair seat weaver. After a recent move in early 2021 from York, Pennsylvania, where he lived and worked for many years, Stephen is now providing chair seat weaving services in Hanover, PA.
Stephen uses natural materials in the hand-weaving techniques of hole-to-hole cane or lace caning, press-in cane fabric or spine caning, and also does handwoven splint seats.
Stephen takes on minor furniture repair too, so if your pieces need some TLC in that area be sure to inquire about those services.
“Please call or email and I’ll get back to you to schedule your appointment and give directions to my shop. Looking forward to meeting you!” – Stephen Ambrose, The Chair Seat Weaver.
To put a face with the name, check out this Youtube video! Stephen’s chair caning talents were featured on the local TV station where he used to work as a broadcasting engineer before retiring!
A few years ago, ABC27, a local broadcast station in Pennsylvania, did a spot on Steve on their newscast, too.
The Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota (PUAM) is an organization of individuals and firms, joined together to advance, support, and promote the field of Upholstery in Minnesota.
We meet monthly to share and learn techniques that will help us better serve our clients. Our website lists our members so clients can find a business in their area. Also, each member’s listing focuses on their specialty to help prospective clients find an upholstery shop that fits their project.
Join our organization today so you can take advantage of these benefits that we provide for our members:
- PUAM Newsletter with free classified Ads
- Listing on the PUAM website
- Networking Opportunities
- Educational Presentations
- Resource List of Services
- Swap and Sell Meets
- Group Marketing Discounts
- Group Buys
- Trade Show Participation
Lost Arts Chair Caning, located in Lisbon, New Hampshire, performs expert restoration of chair seats: hand caning in standard and fancy patterns, pressed web caning, porch rockers, binder cane, pierced fiberboard chair seats, embossed leather seats, splint weaving in a variety of patterns, hickory bark seats, Shaker tape, and wicker repair.
A price estimate will be given after physical evaluation. Structural repairs are available if needed, and will be included in the estimate of work to be done. We provide free pickup and delivery in a 10-mile radius.
After completion of repairs, all chairs are given a courtesy cleaning, waxing and minor joint tightening before returning to the happy client.
Angie Reid’s Furniture Refinishing and Caning preserves memories and brings old furniture new life! The business located on the border of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, serves the Maritime provinces in both Canada and Maine.
I started my business after stripping and refinishing the stairs in my Victorian Era home. Shortly after launching my refinishing business, a neighbor brought me a cane chair in need of a new seat.
While learning hole-to-hole caning I discovered a talent and passion for seat weaving. I am proficient in hole-to-hole caning, sheet cane, French hand cane, Danish cord, rush and reed weaving.
In terms of refinishing, I restore heirlooms and breath new life into pieces with paint and/or stain. I specialize in custom colour staining and also wicker repair.
Located in the lovely Green Mountain State of Vermont, The Lost Arts Workshop is dedicated to carrying on the craft and tradition of chair caning and seat weaving.
Our current restoration services include:
- Strand Cane
- Pressed Cane
- New England Porch Cane Weave
- Fibre Rush
- Flat Reed
We are always striving to grow and expand, so check back with us often to see what new services we can offer.
Free estimates are gladly provided and local pick up and delivery are complimentary.
Cottage Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild Inc.®
Here at Seats on the Beach, we provide chair caning and other seat weaving services primarily in Charleston, South Carolina and other regional sea island areas.
We offer traditional hand or strand caning, as well as pressed cane webbing, flat reed weaving, and paper fibre rush. Our specialty is weaving round seats and chairs with multiple curvatures, just for the challenge and adventure!
We also offer uncommon and decorative weaving patterns. Call or email today for an appointment and to discuss your chair seat weaving needs! And visit our Facebook page for more photos of our work.
We are a proud Cottage level member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
If you are looking to refurbish that old chair and seat, look no further than This Old Seat Chair Caning. Restoring memories is our specialty!
Our services include traditional hand-cane and pressed cane; fibre and pre-twisted rush, hickory bark, ash and Shaker tape weaving. We also re-glue/repair chairs.
This Old Seat Chair Caning service is conveniently located in Southern York County in Pennsylvania. We are close to Baltimore, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Gettysburg. We have over 40 years of experience in chair caning and seat weaving.
For an estimate, please email a picture of the seat and dimensions.
Cottage Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild Inc.®
At American Caning Company we repair or replace almost all types of chair seat weaving; traditional, French, Star of David, Daisy, Snowflake, Spiderweb, plastic, and sheet caning with over 30 types and color matching.
Other specialties include; ash, reed, and oak splint, seagrass, Danish cord, paper and pre-twisted natural rush, Shaker tape, hickory bark, chair gluing, repair and restoration.
Call or email today to discuss your project and to set up an appointment!
Cottage Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
Hank’s Cane & Rush Restoration specializes in Hand Cane, Machine Cane Webbing, Paper Rush, Danish Cord, Shaker Tape and more. Sadly caning and rush seat weaving are fast becoming dying art forms and it is our intent not to let that happen. Each chair we see in the shop comes with a story or has a story yet to come!
Our mission at Hank’s is to restore your chair or furniture piece while refreshing the memory that accompanies it! Or possibly it’s a chair with memories still to unfold! Whatever you do, don’t throw that chair out without talking to us first! ~ Lynn
Business and Board Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
Barbara’s Caning and Weaving, also known in the region as Broward Furniture Refinishing & Caning is located in Fort Lauderdale and has served Broward County and the surrounding area for over 25 years, reweaving chair seats.
Owner Barbara Marx, started weaving many years ago when she needed her own four chairs re-caned. She was living in New York City at the time, in the 1980s, and decided to learn the chair caning craft on her own.
Barbara liked caning so much that she later went into the seat weaving business, providing services of hole caning, pressed cane webbing, paper rush and repairs to wicker furniture, too.
Always up for a challenge, not only do we work on chair seats, but also love seats, benches, and even cabinet doors on yachts!
Our services also include repair and re-gluing of chairs. We do work for several local antique dealers in Florida and New York, too.
Call or email today so we can discuss your chair caning needs. Then we’ll set up an appointment and give directions to our shop!
Saggy Bottom Girls Caning has moved location! In August 2022 we moved our residence and business from Greenwood, Indiana to Salem, Alabama! We are now offering our chair seat weaving services in and around the Salem, AL area, which is 1 1/2 hours south of Atlanta between Columbus, GA and Auburn, AL.
We specialize in cane, fiber rush, seagrass, flat reed, binding cane, and others. We are a home-based family business and I personally weave each chair. We also work with local restoration companies should your chair need structural repairs.
I started this business several years ago as a way to spend time with my dad. People began asking me to fix their chairs with saggy bottoms and that is how the business began.
This is also how I came up with the name. It’s a play on the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring George Clooney, and my Saggy Bottom Girls Caning seemed like an interesting twist to their Soggy Bottom Boys band.
Business Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
Welcome to Brad’s Backcountry Woodshop in Big Bear Lake California. Located high in the mountains of southern California I create new wooden furniture pieces as well as refinish and restore the old. I will fix dings, dents, raised or missing veneer, broken and missing pieces, spindle turnings, reweaving your cane, rush and splint chair seats, polishing old finishes.
Fine instruments to chairs, simple to complex, French polishing, color matching, toner, glazing, grain filling, these are just a few processes I take each piece through. Each piece already has a story to tell and when I am done it will have many more to tell.
These are just some of the things I have had the honor of working on and bringing back its original beauty to last another 100 years. When working on old pieces of furniture I always wonder about the hands that have touched the piece prior to mine, the conversations that took place around a hundred-year-old dining room table or the music created by a 110-year-old reed organ that no one outside that room has heard today.
I started working with wood at a young age, as my Grandparents on both sides and father had all the necessary tools and knowledge about woodworking for me to become comfortable in working with wood. My Mom also as early as I can remember was bringing home antiques and of course, most of them needed repair.
Without knowing it at the time I was not only learning how to repair wood furniture but also was paying attention to the construction of older furniture, joinery and finish used. For long-lasting furniture, I realized proper joints, finish and proportion is essential to a great piece.
Please browse my site and see what you like! If you do not see what you are looking for in the site, just go to the contact page and tell me what you need! I am willing to work with you to create the wooden piece you have in mind or to fix whatever’s broken.
Just e-mail pictures to me so I can give you a ballpark estimate. I will pick up and deliver pieces close to Big Bear Lake, CA. If you happen to live outside California we can schedule or discuss pick up or delivery options.
Thanks for stopping by and let’s connect on social, too!
Lauren’s Chair Caning, a home-based seatweaving business, has been restoring and repairing cane and wicker furniture in the Dubuque, Iowa area since 1979.
Specialty weaves include hand-caning, pressed cane, French or blind cane, rush, Danish cord, and splint reed.
Lauren also offers some minor furniture repairs and gives FREE repair estimates.
Call or email today to schedule your appointment!
Edie Zalas Chair Caning & Seatweaving is a home-based seat weaving service located in northern Indiana. Specializing in hand-woven cane seat replacement, pressed cane, natural and fiber rush, and Danish cord.
I take pride in doing quality work at reasonable prices, done in a timely manner. Call, text or email for prices, quotes and directions to my shop. Feel free to send photographs with your text message or email.
Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®