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Use Smoked Rattan Reed to Repair Wicker

Use Smoked Rattan Reed to Repair Wicker

For years before the smoked rattan reed was invented, we wicker repair pros had to stain match the natural whiteish reed color to a dark stained wicker piece. So once the new smoked reed came on the market in the 1980s, I was elated! When restoring a dark stained wicker furniture piece, it’s a good idea to use smoked rattan reed instead of the natural […]

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Wicker Manufacturer’s Labels

Wicker Manufacturer’s Labels

WEDNESDAY WICKER WISDOM–Wicker manufacturer’s labels can be an invaluable tool in determining the time frame that an antique piece of wicker furniture was made. There were paper, celluloid, and metal labels, but sadly not too many of the paper labels still exist. Not only can they tell you approximately when a piece was made, but frequently the city and state location of the manufacturing company was […]

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Wicker Furniture Beginnings

Wicker Furniture Beginnings

WEDNESDAY WICKER WISDOM–Where did the wicker furniture industry begin? Here’s a bit about the wicker furniture industry that I bet you didn’t know… That the wicker furniture industry actually began right here in the United States in the 1840s! Although wicker furniture had been made throughout the ages and was even found inside the pyramids, Boston grocer Cyrus Wakefield was the first to actually begin […]

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