STEVE'S CHAIR CANING
A PROFESSIONAL CHAIR CANING SERVICE
Prices for a simple six way hand cane pattern start at about 90 cents to $1.00 per hole for Medium and Fine Cane. FineFine cane cost between $1.00 to $1.25 per hole. Superfine and Carriage cane quote only. You can figure out what size cane is on your chair by counting the number of holes per foot. 16 to 19 holes per foot use Medium cane. For Fine cane 19 to 22 holes per foot. 23 to 27/28 holes per foot use Fine Fine cane. Superfine cane is from 28 to 31/32 holes per foot. Carriage cane simply over 32 holes per foot. This is not an exact science so there is some overlap as you can see. If you want to see the different hand cane patterns pleases click on the pattern links below.
Press or Sheet Caning
Press or sheet cane is a manufactured ready made cane product that is "pressed" into a groove on a seat. Old "press back" chairs usually have press seats. Today your metal frame Breuer chairs have press seats. Most press seating has the usual six way pattern but other patterns, notably "closed press", are available. Most press seating starts about $75.00 per chair (seat or back). Please note our special press seat offer at: Special Offer. If you want to see the different press cane patterns please click on the pattern links below.
There are basically two types of rush, Real Rush made of cattail reeds and Fibre Rush, a twisted paper product. Both are wrapped in a figure eight around a chair leaving four triangular shaped areas on the seat. For a simple Fibre Rush seat with no impediments to wrapping the cost is about $7.00 per inch measured across the front of the chair from outside the front leg to outside the front leg. Real Rush cost about $12.00 per inch measured across the front of the chair due to the higher cost of the materials and the incredible difficultly of the process. For Sheraton chairs the back spindled areas has to be removed in order to weave the chair. On Hitchcock chairs the back, side and front pieces have to be removed in order to do the chair. This is an added cost. It should also be noted that there are a few different patterns. These patterns normally cost a bit more to weave. If you want to see the different rush patterns and materials please click on the pattern links below.
Binders Cane Weave
Binders cane is used on porch rockers, rockers, foot stools and benches and on more rustic chairs. It is a cane product approximately 1/4" in width with a hard curved surface like your fingernail. There are two patterns that are predominately used. The basket weave and a twill or herring bone pattern. A simple basket weave on a porch rocker would cost about $6.00 per inch measured from outside the front leg to outside the front leg. A twill weave would cost about $2.50 more per inch. A twill pattern is a much harder weave to follow but it is both a tighter and prettier pattern. It also uses a bit more product to weave. There are other more involved patterns such as zig-zag, concentric diamonds, arrow and others. These patterns normally cost more to weave. It should be noted that binders cane comes in different widths and it naturally cost more to weave a narrower binders cane than a wider binders cane. If you want to see the different binders cane patterns please click on the pattern links below.
Splint is a flat cane product that comes in different widths up to about an inch wide. It is woven in the same type patterns as binders cane, that is either a twill or basket weave. It is used on more outdoor or rustic furniture. Both these patterns would cost about $6.00 to $7.00 per inch to weave. It does not have the longevity of binders cane but works well on Appalachian chairs and other outdoor rustic type chairs. Years ago hand pounded Ash wood splint was used but today that commodity is in very short supply and very costly. If you want to see the different splint work patterns please click on the pattern links below.
Seagrass and Danish Cord
Prices on request. If you want to see the different materials and patterns please click on the pattern links below.
Shaker Tape or Cloth
Shaker tape or cloth is a cotton fabric that comes in a multitude of colors and widths up to 1" wide. Traditionally wrapped on original Shaker chairs in either a basket weave or twill pattern. Normally two color combinations would be used such as black and red, brown and green and so on. Numerous patterns can be created using this product which can give it a more modern look. An average size chair will use about 35 to 40 yards of materials one way and 35 to 40 yards of material the other way costing about $75 to $100 per chair just for materials. Depending on the weave, labor cost are about $75.00 per chair. Shaker tape is a long lasting product but it will fade (as does all fabric) with time. If you want to see the different Shaker tape patterns please click on the pattern links below.
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