A delicately patterned sunrise backed chair with an upholstered seat.
Upholstery carried out by Simon Ireland at Keswick.
Click the small picture to see the full-size version.
come in all shapes and sizes, from simple bedroom chairs to complicated
bergère suites. There are several different patterns used in caning, but by far
the commonest is the 6-way pattern: the vast majority of cane chairs are woven in
this way as it is both strong and attractive.
Even if the old seat has completely vanished it's easy to recognise a chair that
should be hand caned. Round the edges of the seat you'll see lots of little holes,
fairly close together. If these are not present, and the webbing seat seems to be held
in place with a strip of centre cane or a narrow spline of wood, it's probably fitted
with a pre-woven cane seat.
Sometimes you'll come across an old cane chair with a piece of plywood nailed
across the top. This method of repair was often resorted to in the past at times
when, for various reasons, imported cane from the Far East was not available. If you
think you've got one of these have a look underneath the seat for the telltale little
holes. In order to restore the chair to its former glory, all that is required is the
removal of the plywood before commencing caning.
If the seat is very large, or an unusual shape or pattern,the job will obviously
take longer, but we've never come across a chair yet that we can't tackle. (Maybe
you've got the chair that will challenge us?)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
For a straightforward chair, with a flat surface, and if there aren't more than
about 100 holes around the edge, the cost is still only £1.10 per hole.
If the surface is very curved (as is common in chair backs), or if there is a
special pattern (like the sunrise patterns shown on this site) the cost will be more -
usually about £1.60 per hole, but please check first.
If the surface is very big (more than about 100 holes) we use a more
complicated pricing structure which reflects the complexity of the work - please ask!
We love chatting to our customers, and we always respond quickly to your
emails, so please feel free to get in touch. Click to eMail or phone 01900
For lots of detailed information about cane, its origins and history,
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF CANING ON YOUR CHAIR
Above -detail of cane chair showing the little holes round the edge. This type of
chair must be hand-caned.
Above - detail of cane chair showing the edge holes covered with a strip of lapping
cane. If you look underneath you'll be able to see or feel the holes. This type of chair also
must be hand-caned.