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So much has been said lately on our Seatweaving and Wicker Repair Discussion Board about weaving a natural bulrush or cattail chair seat, that I wanted to show an example of a recently completed hand-twisted bulrush chair seat I did.

Norwegian chair bulrush seat

Here I am in my not-quite-finished weaving studio, starting on the seat, using the hand-twisted rush weaving technique with natural bulrush material.  Please excuse the blue tint to the pictures, not sure why that happened.

Peters weaving bulrush Norwegian chair

Isn’t the handpainted job on the back simply wonderful? I love the country farmstead scene on this primitive painted chair with bright berry and leaf embellishments and the painted lines on the frame for accents.

handpainted Norwegian chair back

The entire chair is painted a faded mustard color with handpainted back, arms and legs. Very nice, warm colors and excellent attention to detail, don’t you agree?

handpainted Norwegian rush chair frame

The owner of this chair said it was a family heirloom passed down for at least four generations and the present owner is in his 70s, I think.

start of hand-twisted bulrush seat

I believe he said it was Norwegian decent too, but I might be mistaken on that one. Although the picture doesn’t really show it well, the chair is full-size for an adult, but the back is low, seating is very comfortable.

bottom of hand-twisted bulrush seat

The seat measured 18″ post to post on the front rail and cost about $260 to have rewoven. This chair seat was a joy to weave and I’m sure future generations of this family will appreciate it and use for many years. What a treasured family heirloom!

Norwegian chair hand-twisted bulrush seat

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