Here are the 2013 chair caning and wicker repair charges for The Wicker Woman® business located in northern Minnesota in Angora, 60 miles south of the Canadian border.
You can use this pricing schedule as a 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.
***After working in this field for nearly 40 years, as of September 2013 I retired from the active day-to-day cane and wicker restoration work. I won’t be taking on any new projects for repair or restoration for clients.
I will continue with this website, teaching, demonstrating, lecturing, blogging and consulting to the chair caning and antique wicker furniture trade. Thanks to all my loyal clients throughout these 40 years, without you, I wouldn’t be The Wicker Woman®!
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):
Cane Webbing, Pressed Cane, or Sheet Cane:
6MM Herringbone Twill Design or 6MM Porch Cane Design:
Star of David, Spiderweb, or Daisy Caning:
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.
Continuous strand, man-made paper material, forming distinct pattern of four large triangles, meeting in the center. Commonly found on post-1910s Colonial ladderback chairs. Sample photo of paper fibre rush footstool, used in my classes.
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
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.
If you have further questions about wicker repair, chair seat weaving, painting, instruction how-to books or want to know how to care for your pieces, go to the Seatweaving FAQ , Wicker FAQ and How-to Articles .
Need to have your family heirlooms or flea market finds repaired and want to find a repair expert nearby? Locate your chair caning, wicker, upholstery or refinisher on the National Furniture Repair Directory .