Hand Cane, Pre-Woven Cane and Rattan Chair Repairs, Caning Canada
Holes are drilled around the perimeter of the chair frame and individual strands of cane are hand woven through the series of drilled holes.
Binding cane or rattan is used to weave Danish Mid Century Modern furniture.
Examples to the left are a magazine rack which sits under a table woven for Bex Vintage. Photographed on a Niels Møller Model 57 Armchair.
Top right photograph courtesy of Louche Milieu of a Hans Olsen rocking chair rewoven by Caning Canada.
Middle right Market Place find of a side table with a cane magazine rack.
Bottom right photo courtesy of Reclaim Vintage YYC caned back settee re woven by Caning Canada.
Hanging medallions can be woven in a sunrise pattern or using the seven step hand cane method.
This project consisted of a three seater settee with three hanging medallions on the backrest and two arm chairs with hanging medallions. The backs of all pieces were completed in the Sunrise pattern and the arms were completed in the standard seven step hand cane method.
Blind Caning / French Caning is when the holes of a hand caned chair do not go all the way through the chair frame.
Double Sided Caning is when both sides of the chair frame is caned. Double caned surfaces are also usually blind caned as well.
What is Cane?
Cane is the term for the material that comes from the outer skin of the rattan stalk. Rattan is a climbing vine-like plant native to Asia and Africa, it is most commonly found in Indonesia. Rattan grows in strong, solid stalks and can grow hundreds of feet high. Cane is the skin of the rattan plant, it is durable and flexible, the top of cane is glossy and non-porous. The back of cane is the porus side. The material is called cane, the process of weaving cane is called caning, and the finished product is called caned furniture. Some people refer to cane as rattan or wicker. Regardless of what you call cane the finished product is lovely.
What are other names for cane chairs?
Sometimes people refer to cane as rattan or wicker.
Other names used for hand caning include strand cane, lace caning, traditional caning, hole to hole caning and natural strand caning.
Other names for Pre-woven cane include cane webbing, pressed cane, pressed-in cane, machine cane, sheet cane and spline cane.
French Caning and blind caning are the same types of caning.
Double sided cane is usually blind caned as well.
Caned pieces woven with binding cane are often referred to a wicker or rattan pieces.
Cane Furniture Care & Use
Cane can be cleaned using a wood soap; an example being Murphy's Oil Soap and a soft cloth. Do not use the chair for two days to let the cane fully dry.
Oil the cane on your furniture once or twice a year using a lemon or teak oil. Apply the oil to the bottom porous side of the cane and wipe off the excess after 15 minutes.
Avoid putting cane furniture in hot, dry or sunny rooms. Also avoid putting cane furniture near heat vents as it will dry out the cane and make it brittle.
Never stand on a cane chair. Cane is extremely strong when weight is evenly distributed across the surface.
Cane stretches when you sit on it which allows for the stress of even weight distribution. Over time the stretch will sag. When the cane loses its ability to stretch it will begin to break along the chair from or within the sag. You can extend the life of your cane furniture by wetting the underside of the chair with a warm wet towel and then letting it dry to tighten the sag. Do not use the chair for two days to let it fully dry and tighten.
Cane doesn't need to be sealed or stained as it will naturally colour with age. If you choose to stain the cane use an oil based stain on the top side of the cane not the porous bottom of the cane. The bottom side is used to oil your cane to regain moisture.