Wednesday Wicker Wisdom-Chair Seat Weaving

Did you know that “chair caning” is only one of several different design patterns or techniques of chair seat weaving or chair seating?

And that there are many, many different kinds of materials to use in weaving all the other types of chair seat weaving?

A collage showing various chair seat weaving techniques, designs, and materials.
A collage showing various chair seat weaving techniques, materials and designs

For each of the techniques and methods of weaving listed below, the weaver uses a different type of material and weaving pattern and/or design.

There are basically three different kinds of chair caning alone:

  • Traditional Hand or Hole-to-Hole Caning–uses strand cane
  • Sheet Cane or Cane Webbing–uses loom-woven “sheet”
  • Porch Cane or Round the Rung–uses wide binding cane or slab rattan

But there are several other kinds of chair seatweaving also, besides caning. However, the general public mistakenly tends to call all weaving techniques and materials, “chair caning.”

The three types of chair caning--hole cane, cane webbing, and wide binding cane
The three types of chair caning–hole cane, cane webbing, wide binding cane

Here are a few of the other types of chair seat weaving, which I will discuss thoroughly in future posts:

  • Natural Cattail Leaf Rush and Paper Fibre Rush
  • Splints of oak, ash, hickory bark, or flat reed,
  • Seagrass
  • Danish Modern Cord
  • Rawhide
  • Skeined Willow
  • Whole Willow

Visit the Seatweaving and the Pricing/Charges tabs of my website for a quick description and photos of what’s to come from this series ahead of time, if you’re curious.

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