You are very welcome at the online home of Cumbria's famous woven seating
specialists. Please pull up a cane or rush chair and make yourself at home.
At Marshall McGurk we do many things - I am sure you already know about
our musical instrument
workshop and our website design department
At SitUpon Seats we specialise in repairing woven seating of all kinds. Over
the years, cane, rush, seagrass and many other natural materials have been used to
comfortable seats, and we will happily undertake the repair of any of these.
BUT CUMBRIA'S TOO FAR AWAY! ISN'T IT?
Perhaps we're not as far away as you think. We have had customers bringing their chairs
Wales, Southern and Central Scotland and the Midlands, and getting back home the same
day. Also, as we're on the fringes of the Lake District, many people come for a holiday and
bring their chairs with them. With prior arrangement we can usually reseat the chairs while
they're enjoying their vacation, and they can take them home on their return.
MAYBE WE CAN COLLECT AND DELIVER YOUR
An Edinburgh lassie, Ally has settled happily in Cumbria where, along with her Cumbrian
partner, Steve, she runs this business with its musical, internet and craft departments. She
often travels back to the Scottish capital to visit friends and family, which makes it very easy
for customers in Edinburgh, the Borders or the Lothians to arrange to have their chairs
collected and delivered. There are several possible routes between Cumbria and Eastern
Scotland, through such Border towns as Selkirk, Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles, Jedburgh,
Melrose, Biggar or Langholm. Chairs can be collected and delivered en route.
Customers living in South West Scotland, from such places as Dumfries, Gretna,
Kirkudbright, Castle Douglas, Wigtown, Whithorn or Stranraer, or those from North East
England can arrange to meet up with her in Carlisle for collection and delivery of their
We can, of course, come and collect your seats from other places, such as North East
England, including Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham, but if we make a special
journey for collection or delivery, a charge to cover expenses will have to be made. We have
even driven as far south as Yorkshire and Lancashire on occasion.
DO IT YOURSELF
Many of our customers, of course, are keen craftspeople in their own right, and
we do our best to supply
all the materials they may
require to produce their own woven seats. As well as cane and rush, we also carry
centre cane for basket makers, seagrass and cord, caning tools, Danish cord, ready-woven
cane webbing (rattan webbing), plywood basket bases, raffia and Rialto-bast (artificial
Don't despair if it's not on our price list - fire off an eMail or chat to us on the phone
(01900 813200) - we may be able to order it in for you.
Please take some time to browse the site. We can offer interesting information
about the history and origins of
cane seating and rush seating and it would
be a shame if you left without
visiting the Museum
of Interesting Chairs. You
never know, if your chair turns out to be as interesting as the ones shown here, it
may too feature on the website one day.
VISITORS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, PLEASE
While we're happy to meet our customers, please note that we do
not have a retail shop. If you contact us first, either by
email or by phoning 01900 813200, we can
arrange to have ready whichever materials you may be interested in. But please don't turn
up unexpectedly! Sometimes we're very busy; sometimes we're taking the dogs for a walk.
Whatever we're doing, if we don't know you're coming we won't be able to give you the
attention you deserve, so please do let us know first that you'd like to come.
- Download our price list and order
form if you'd rather place an order in the old fashioned way.
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