Expert Hand-Woven Cane Chair Repair, Caning Canada
Hand Cane - Traditional Seven Step Hand Caning (with drilled holes)
Holes are drilled around the perimeter of the chair frame and individual strands of cane are hand woven through the series of drilled holes.
Hand cane weaving is becoming a lost art performed by only a few craft people in Canada.
A simple chair can take 20 hours to hand cane
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.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine what type of caning is on a persons chair when the cane material is still intact. Once the material has been removed it is much easier to see that the holes go all the way through the chair frame. If the cane material is still in place simply flip the chair over to see if the holes are on the underside of the chair.
Some hand caned chairs can be a little sneaky and try to hide what they really are. This is a hand caned chair with a piece of wood hiding a grove with contained the backside of the holes and the cane material. If you would like to have your chair hand caned instead of blind or French caned this piece of wood will need to be removed by you or a third party prior to having the chair woven by me.
This piece of material and often the edges of the grove will be damaged when removed.
Marcel Adios Breuer 1902 - 1981
The Cesca chair was designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer using tubular steel and either hand-woven cane or pre-woven cane. The three official manufacturers of the Cesca chair were Thonet starting in 1927, Gavina in the 1950s, and Knoll in the 1960s. The chair was named after his daughter Francesca.
Pierre Jeanneret 1896 - 1967
Pierre Jeanneret caned Easy Chair 1950s.
Josef Hoffmann 1870 - 1956
No 14 Bentwood rocking chair known as the bistro chair was introduced in 1859 and produced by Thonet.
Hand caned pieces come in all shapes and sizes sometimes complete with one or more flowing curves.