Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Weaving Seats: Traditional Techniques With Cane with Cathryn Peters

Dates: 9/16/2017 - 9/17/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $300
Materials: $95
Deposit: $125

Have you ever wondered how those cane seat chairs you grew up with were made? You know the ones: they look like honeycombs in shape with big holes all over the seat? How did they do all that intricate lace type weaving and what makes them strong enough to sit on? Or maybe you've sat in one of those big old porch cane rockers with the woven seat and backs and marveled at how comfortable they were to sit in? Want to learn how to supplement your retirement income, furniture making or refinishing business by offering chair seat weaving, but are afraid to try? Well, here's your chance to test the waters and learn all about the two most popular and traditional types of chair caning techniques. On day one students will try their hands at hole-to-hole, hand, or strand chair caning — woven right through the holes drilled in the stool frame. Then on Sunday everyone will weave the porch cane footstool, woven with wider binding cane and go "over the rails," making a twill or herringbone design on both the top and bottom of the seat. Cathryn will dispel the mystery of chair seat weaving by presenting a lively discussion and brief chair seating history session each day. She'll qualify the terminology, show several variations to each type of seat weaving and concentrate on these two basic and fundamental patterns and materials. Most folks call all types of woven chair seats "chair caning," for lack of a better term. But as you'll learn from this class, chair caning is only one aspect of the chair seat weaving craft.

Key Points:

  • Learn the history of this nearly lost art of chair seat weaving
  • Identify the various chair seat designs
  • Make the right material selections for the job
  • Learn how to prepare the chairs and materials prior to weaving
  • Layout techniques and execution of the two variations of weaving designs and patterns
  • Using common and special tools to learn tricks of the trade
  • Learn how to calculate charges for repairs; how to drum up business
  • Finishes for chair seating; what to do and what not to do

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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