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CANING & RUSH

 

 

Cane, rush, splint, wicker, seagrass, bamboo, rattan, rope, reed, palm and other leaves, and other plants have been used in furniture and by man since the creation of furniture. Recent inventions in caning include Kraft paper rolled into a seagrass imitation popular in Danish Modern furniture, and today plastic caning sheets. These seating surfaces provide a comfortable, well ventilated and relatively cool seating surface especially prized in tropical climates. At times more or less fashionable, it has been popular and widely used in the following furniture periods from William and Mary, through Victorian, and especially resurgent in Art Deco and Vintage Modern furniture.

 

There were many ways to apply and weave caning, wicker, seagrass, rush and the other plants into seating.  Hand caning was used prior to the invention of sheet caning produced by machine. Twentieth century machine cane has eliminated hand caning in most furniture, with the notable exception of many high style mid-century modern furniture designers. 

 

Hand Caning of Antique Chair

This gondole chair on the left has a blind-caned back. The cane is stretched from hole to hole and pegged in place until the end, when the pegs are glued and cut off. We also do reweaving of:

 

splint (usually 1/16"x3/4" ash)
rush (natural or twisted natural or synthetic)
rope
wicker
rattan
bamboo
reed

Hand Caning of Antique Chair


Olek reweaves, repairs, and creates new woven seating surfaces from all the materials discussed above.

 

Modern Wicker Chair Antique Italian 18th Century Settee Chair Hand Re-caning

Modern Wicker Chair
Antique Italian Chair Recaning



Caning, Rush, Splint, Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker, and Cord- Match Original

Caning should be replaced to match original, with cane width, weave, and attachment matching the way it was installed originally.

Rush, splint, bamboo, wicker, and cord should all match original materials and weaving patterns.



Danish Cord Chair

Neils Moller Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Chair with Danish Cord weaving


Danish Cord Chair Danish Cord Chair from top after caning

Danish Cord should be woven tight


Danish Cord Chair

Neils Moller Rosewood Chairs with Danish Cord woven seats

 



Hans Wegner Chairs Re-Cane Hans Wegner Chairs Re-Cane


Hans Wegner Chairs Re-Cane


Early 19th Century Regency Chair Re-Caned, Blind Caning required BEFORE Early 19th Century Regency Chair Re-Caned, Blind Caning required


Early 19th Century Regency Chair Re-Caned, Blind Caning required

 





Caning Rush Gallery




Neils Moller Rosewood Mid Century Modern Side Chairs                  Poul Kjaerholm PK-22 Wicker Chairs