~Chair Caning Repairs~

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Congratulations, you are a person who appreciates the value of restoring something you own instead of tossing it to a curb and buying a cheap replacement.

“Caning” is a general term for chair seat weaving, there are actually many types of weaving each involving different types of materials, techniques, and TIME!  Your new seat should last 20-40 years.

To understand the complexities of pricing, please read the following 3 sentences:

1. Many factors can make your chair more difficult to weave.  (for example, deconstruction of chair in order to be able to restore the seat is common but not typical in each material category).  Prices below are general estimates and may change to reflect nuances of each chair. Prices subject to change as  material costs change due to an embargo.

2. This is intensive work both in time and effort.  Hand woven/laced caning can take 15-20 hours or more. Others, like authentic hickory splint weaves are very costly to replicate because of the production of the materials…literally stripping bark from a tree.  We offer classes and sell caning books for industrious folks on a budget.

3. Below you will find a general description of the types of “caning” your seat may have and what it may cost to fix your chair. We have noted chairs that need shellac* and have separated the price for shellac coating in case customers want to save money by doing this simple process themselves.   Check the bottom of the page for additional fees that you may incur.

Please keep in mind that Uncle Sam gets 30% of our fees!

Common problem with fiber rush after decades of use.  If this were natural rush, it'd be shedding grassy material everywhere!

Common problem with fiber rush after decades of use. Often there is a clean break on an edge or around a nail.

*PAPER FIBER RUSH: This type of seat takes about 7 hours to weave.  An average chair  of 17 inches across the front rail is about $150. Windsors like the chair pictured to the left are about double due to deconstruction/reassembly of the frame necessary to weave. Smaller rush diameters are more expensive, as are rush chairs where we have to remove the frame, and chairs with “skirts” or wooden slats on the sides.

How do I know if my chair is natural or fiber rush? Turn the chair over. Is the rush cord of uniform size and the same on the top and bottom? It’s paper rush. Often rush breaks are clean cut and do not shed grassy fibers. Cats often like to sharpen their claws on this type of chair! See below for natural rush indicators.

Shellac fee for Rush Chairs: $20/chair or DIY!…it’s just clear shellac and a paintbrush.  Save money by doing it yourself.  Got a set of chairs?  $15/chair

Wider Herringbone Splint Weave

Wider Herringbone Splint Weave


1/2 inch wide or larger reed: basic repair of 17 inches across the front rail is about $150. Shellac fee $20/single chair, $15/chair of a set…or DIY!

less than 1/2 inch wide reed: It’s amazing the difference an 1/8  inch makes both in time and in painful fingertips!  It takes about 30-40 hours to weave a porch rocker you paid $50 for back in the 70s.  $300-$350 for a porch rocker seat. Replacement seats are available if your seat frame sits on top of the rails for a lot less! You do not need shellac coating on porch rockers with binder cane.  You do need shellac coating on reed (pictured at left)

ex. of groove & wooden spline in pressed/machine woven cane chairs

ex. of groove & wooden spline in pressed/machine woven cane chairs

MACHINE WOVEN CANE: The wooden spline is the key…Imagine your chair seat or back as a picture frame with the cane as the picture.  Look at the edge of the cane. If your chair has a groove with a long slender piece of wood it is machine woven cane. An average seat can range from $80-$150. A panel on the back of the chair is generally $150.

Unusual weaves/patterns/shapes will require on-site pricing.  Medallion panels cost about $225-$250.

How to tell if your chair is laced or woven cane

How to tell if your chair is laced or woven cane.


These chairs take 15-40 hours to weave. We understand it is a lot of money, please understand we can’t give discounts for multiple chairs.

Basic Repair with 74 holes  about $300

Round chairs with less than 100 holes or chairs with very small cane, about $350-$380

How to tell if it is hand woven or machine cane:

1. Look at the back side of the cane. If you can see where the cane has been looped through holes drilled into the wooden frame, then you have a laced cane chair.
2. Look at the border of the cane on the front of the weave. There will be a slightly wider piece of cane at the border and not a more solid wooden spline.
Important Note for Special Hand Woven Chairs…you know who you are!  This is the type of caning that varies tremendously in skill and design.  A simple chair can take 20 hours to restore but sometimes these chairs will surprise you by ending up an extremely complicated extended project where your chair hangs out in our studio for 6 months or more.
More involved complex repair with unusual shapes may cost $450-$500

More involved repair with medallions, shared seams or double paneled arms:  time & materials

See bottom of page for definition of “More Involved Repairs.”
How to tell if your chair is natural rush

How to tell if your chair is natural rush


Generally $200 for a 17 inch chair. This does not apply to Windsors which have to be disassembled and reassembled to weave the new seat. They are closer to $300

Does your chair shed dry grassy flakes? If you flip the chair over and compare the back of the weave to the front of the weave, and they are different, then you have a natural rush chair. The front of the weave is tight like a cord and the bottom is flatter and wider, often poofing out. This type of weave is labor intensive and the materials more costly than fiber rush.

Shellac fee $20/single chair, $15/chair of a set…or DIY!

Typical wear and tear of Danish Cord.

Typical wear and tear of Danish Cord.


additional fee $25 if you need new nails, most often we can re-use the nails

$250-$275 for an average Danish Cord seat.

Danish cord is a steep 3-ply paper cord twisted together like a rope & wrapped underneath the seat around L-nails. (Sea Grass is its natural counterpart. Usually found on footstools, natural seagrass less sturdy and more costly to repair.)

Shellac for Danish Cord: $20/single chair, $15/chair of a set

More involved Mid-Century Modern Chairs (you know who you are!) will require on site estimates and are charged time & materials.

great granddaddy's hickory splint chair

great granddaddy's hickory splint chair


Your great-granddaddy probably did one. The materials alone are VERY expensive and it is labor intensive to both harvest, and to weave. Priced according to job..approx $250 for small regular seat. This includes sanding and tung oil finish.

The less expensive option is the above splint weave. Splint will be uniform in width and depth, obviously from a machine.  It’s worth meeting to see all of the options for your chair.

Note: Authentic bark is beautiful and strong and more expensive.  Reed is a perfectly acceptable material for those on a budget.  But we LOVE authentic bark and it comes from a 5th generation chair maker in Tennessee instead of China.

A Shaker Tape Chair


Available in two sizes & several colors:

1 inch wide straps: 1 0r 2 colors are generally $170 for a 17 inch chair.  Additional colors (3+) add $20/extra color (requires a lot of sewing time)

5/8 inch wide straps: 1 or 2 colors (requires just a little more material/time) = $190

COLORS: We can show you examples in the studio, on line, or you can swing by Earth Guild on Patton Ave and pick out your own.  If you purchase your own tape, we will deduct the cost of the material from the weaving fee.


  • Please leave the old seat in so that we can see the pattern/style, etc. Prices include removal of old materials.
  • PLAN AHEAD FOR HOLIDAYS! We often have a backlog of 30 chairs and only two people to work on them.
  • Pick-Up & Delivery: FREE if you live between my house in West Asheville and the studio in the River Arts District, otherwise, priced according to distance, with a $20 minimum.
  • Cleaning fee…please take the time to wipe down your chair and reduce allergens in our place of business.  We will charge based on time it takes to clean…we have spent 5 hours cleaning one chair!!
  • Areas of service: We have worked with folks all over the country. You can always mail us your chair, especially if the seat comes off or if you have a footstool…or plan a trip to Asheville.  Our most far-reaching clients so far are from Green Bay Wisconsin, New York City, Connecticut, DC, and New Orleans!
  • We don’t stain cane! We are weavers…staining is a whole ‘nother ballgame and we are not set up with proper ventillation. Cane is particularly difficult to stain and we recommend taking it to a professional if you want it stained.
  • MORE INVOLVED REPAIRS INCLUDE: rush chairs with slots, rush chairs that are frame only (no legs or back), machine woven cane with shared seams, or machine woven cane that is particularly difficult to remove, chairs with fine/fine cane or several hundred holes, or chairs with recessed holes, splint weaves around oddly shaped frames, more complicated Danish Mid-Century Modern chairs.  Blind cane and medallion chairs priced according to each chair’s particularities.
  • Structural work may be required before we weave.  We can suggest folks for you to go to if your rungs are broken or if your laced cane seat is cracked through the holes. We can re-glue rungs for $40.  If you want to refinish the wood, please do so before caning, but PLEASE BRING IN THE CHAIR OR TAKE A PHOTO (both top and bottom of seat) BEFORE YOU REMOVE THE SEAT…you can also save the old seat so we can make sure we replicate your seat as best as possible.
  • Policies for late payment and pick up will be enforced as follows:  Payment is due within one month of completing your restoration. If you can’t make it to pick up your chair please send a check or we can take a credit card over the phone. Your chair can hang out in our studio for a maximum of 6 months after date of completion.  After that, you will be charged $10/mo storage fee.  After one year, the chair is ours and you forfeit your payment. Payment plans are negotiable. We will call once a month for payment. After 5 attempts to contact you for payment with no return call, you have forfeited your deposit and the chair becomes our property.  Thanks for your consideration and understanding of our small business.

THANK YOU for your business.  We will take good care of your chair.

Call Brandy and Dave at 828-707-4553 for an appointment outside business hours.

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