After working in this field for 40+ years, as of September 2013, I retired from the active day-to-day cane and wicker restoration work and will limit work to selective projects only. However, I am continuing with this website, teaching, demonstrating, lecturing, blogging and consulting. Check the National Furniture Repair Directory™ to find a pro near you to fix your furniture! Thanks to all my loyal clients, subscribers, and followers throughout these 40+ years in business and 20+ years on this website!
You can use this 2013 pricing schedule as a general guide for what typical charges you might expect in your area. But keep in mind that not everyone charges the same way I do and the pricing may vary drastically across the country.
Antique Wicker Repair & Restoration Charges:
Labor: $60.00 hour, plus materials.
Both rattan reed and paper fibre wicker repairs are done, with special emphasis on Victorian reed wicker restoration. No “new” resin wicker or plastic wicker, however.
Chair Caning Repair Pricing–
Traditional Hole Caning or Laced (w/drilled holes):
Labor: $1.40/per drilled hole, plus materials ($20-$40).
More than 72 holes: $1.45/per drilled hole, plus materials.
Holes are drilled around the perimeter of chair seat frame and individual strands of cane are hand woven through the series of drilled holes.
Cane Webbing, Pressed Cane, or Sheet Cane:
Labor: $4.00 per inch per longest rail, plus materials ($20-$75)
or 35 cents per square inch, plus materials.
Prewoven 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.
6MM Herringbone Twill Design or 6MM Porch Cane Design:
Labor: $7.00 per inch, plus materials, longest rail ($20-$60).
Two layer weave applied to both the top and bottom around seat rails, creating a pocket. Frequently seen in seats and backs of porch rockers and is weather resistant, hence the name “Porch Cane.” Can also be done in Diamond Weave, Basket Weave, or Chevron.
Star of David, Spiderweb, or Daisy Caning:
Labor: $3.00 a hole, plus materials ($20-$40).
Very intricate and difficult hand cane weaves, using two different gauges of cane. Not as sturdy as Traditional 7-Step Method of Hand Caning, so usually reserved for the backs and under arms of Victorian wicker furniture.
Blind Caning, Single Sided:
Labor: $4.00 per drilled hole, plus materials.
Extremely difficult and very time-consuming weaving technique. Blind Caning requires each strand to be measured exactly, cut to proper and exact length, and glued into holes only partly drilled through the framework. These holes are not drilled completely through the frame as are regular cane chair holes. Usually reserved for very fine high-end antique furniture or museum pieces.
Double Blind Caning, Two Sided:
Labor: $5.00 per drilled hole, plus materials.
Extremely difficult and very time-consuming weaving technique. Double Blind Caning requires each strand to be measured exactly, cut to proper and exact length and glued into holes only partly drilled through the framework, like the Blind Caning. But the big exception being that the caning is done on both the front side of each panel in the frame and the back side of each panel of the frame. Almost always reserved for very fine high-end antique furniture.
Hand-Twisted Natural Cattail Rush or Bulrush:
Labor: $20.00 per inch, includes materials, longest rail.
Extremely rare and very laborious type of hand-twisted weaving, using natural materials of either cattail leaves or bulrush. Usually reserved for museum pieces or high-end quality antiques. The market is currently being flooded with cheaply made imports, which would probably be best replaced using the less expensive pre-twisted seagrass rush instead of the hand-twisted rush.
Pre-twisted Natural Seagrass Rush:
Labor: $6.25 per inch, plus materials, longest length rail.
Paper Fibre (spelling denotes man-made) Rush:
Labor: $5.25 per frontal inch, plus materials.
Paper Rush is a continuous strand of man-made paper material, forming a distinct pattern of four large triangles, meeting in the center. This weave is commonly found on post-1910s Colonial ladderback chairs.
Danish Modern Cord (Scandinavian):
Labor: $6.50 per inch, plus materials, longest rail.
Either L-nail type or side rail seat weaving. Seats and backs are also sometimes woven using wide binding cane rather than Danish cord, check with me for additional pricing.
Splint Seats–Woven with Reed, Ash, Oak or Hickory Bark
Labor $5.50 per frontal inch (Reed, Ash, Oak)
$5.75 (Hickory Bark), plus material cost.
Woven both top and bottom around four seat rungs, usually in a 3×3 or 4×4 twill, but can be other patterns, too. Hickory bark is a seasonal available material and much more costly to obtain than the other weaving materials.
Classes, Lectures, Demonstrations
- Private Instruction: $35-100 hour, negotiable
- Lectures, demonstrations, presentations: $100 an hour, plus all expenses paid
- Teaching Class Schedule : For guilds, workshops, and conventions $35-100 per hour instruction, plus individual student material fee, with most expenses negotiable. Take a look at my teaching schedule for this year.