Restoring Your Worn Cane Chairs for Better Function and Flair
With more than 35 years of experience, Paula Roeloffs has been repairing chairs for her happy customers. Some of the styles of chairs she has experience with are shown below.
Exceptional Repair Services for Any Style of Cane Chair
Hand woven seats have holes around the edge of the wood rails. The cane is woven in a seven-step process resulting in a tight, sturdy weave. Different size cane is used depending on the size and space of the holes.
Care for the caned seats: Don’t kneel or stand on the seat! Treat the cane with boiled linseed oil, about once a year, especially on the bottom, as this is where the oil is best absorbed. Exposure to the sun will dry the cane. It is natural for the cane to deepen in color over time.
These seats have a grove around the edge where a pre-woven caning is pressed and glued in place with a binder. The pre-woven cane comes in various sizes and widths for the appropriate application.
Care of the pressed seat: As with the traditional woven seat above, do not kneel or stand on the seat. Treating with boiled linseed oil on a yearly basis will prolong the life of the cane.
I also will attempt some less conventional chairs such as the Hans Wegner chair, the Japanese chair or Danish weave all shown below.
These chairs are a hand woven work as in the traditional seven step weave above. However the holes in the chair do not go all the way through the wood resulting in the "blind" weave. The seven step process takes a little longer as it is required that each hole be pegged as the work progresses.
Care of the cane is the same as for a traditional woven seat or pressed seat. Treating with boiled linseed oil once a year will prolong the life of the material.
Using a wide binding cane porch rockers use this traditional type weave.
Care for the wide binding cane is as for other woven cane, however, since the cane has only the smooth face exposed, the linseed oil does not absorb as well. The cane will still benefit from boiled linseed oil application.
Chairs or stool with unfinished rails have a number of options. Fiber Rush, Flat Reed, Wide Binding Cane, Ash Splint or Shaker Tape can be applied in various patterns. These materials come in a number of widths to suit the size of the project.
Flat reed, wide binding cane or ash splint should have a yearly application of boiled linseed oil.
Fiber rush has an initial application of urethane. This can be re-applied as needed.
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