Dawne has been restoring chair seats for more years than she wants to admit to, but learned her trade in a small furniture refinishing shop in Toronto.
She now repairs chair seats at her home by Charleston Lake in the 1000 Islands where it's always a pleasure to take something old and broken and make it new and useful again.
Dawne offers hand caning, sheet caning, rush and split seat replacement a well as some wicker repairs and re-gluing of wobbly chairs. Please email or call to receive a free estimate.
Hand caned chairs are woven one strand at a time. Each strand is inserted into a hole that is drilled through the frame of the chair. The price to replace these chair is estimated by the number of holes plus materials and take 6 - 8 hours to do on average.
Sheet caned chairs are made with pre woven materials that is fitted into a groove in the chair and held in place with a piece of spline. Old material is removed and the groove cleaned out by hand before new material is installed. This type of cane comes in several styles and sizes and when new, is a blond colour that darkens to an amber colour over time. It can be stained if you need to match a chair to an existing set.
The price to replace these seats varies due to the cost of the materials but expect to pay around $100
Splint seating can be done in many patterns. The cost to replace these seats is harder to average out since the materials range in width from 3/16 of an inch, up to 1 inch. -The wider the materials, the less time it takes to weave and the smaller the seat, the less materials it takes to weave. These types of chairs can often be repaired if just a couple of strands are broken and a suitable replacement material is available to replace it with.
Fiber, or paper rush seats are usually woven in a continuous strand that creates 4 triangles that meet in the middle but occasionally other styles of woven patterns turn up. They are priced by the length of the front rail. Most chairs cost between $100 - 150.00 to replace the seating.
Wobbly chairs? We can help with that!
Chair re-gluing is priced per job at our hourly shop rate.
Don't wait until your rattan furniture is falling apart and needs costly repairs. A stitch in time truly does save nine. Minor wicker repairs and binding are done her and priced by the number of hours it takes to complete the job.
Hand caned chairs have a hole drilled through the seat of the chair. Each cane is woven by hand. When the pattern is complete the holes are hidden by a piece of binding cane.
The ends of the canes are tied off underneath the chair.
The exception to this is blind caning in where the canes are cut to length one by one and glued in place then pegged on the top.
Sheet cane is purchased in prewoven sheets. Old cane is removed and the groove in the seat cleared out to make room for fresh materials. The new material is pressed in, cut, glued and held with a piece of spline.
Finished repairs on a wicker settee.
Repairing a wicker settee.
The new strands on this wicker arm chair are very light in colour, but will turn amber naturally over time.
After this rocker got a new splint seat made with a wide flat reed, a little painting was started on the back as a pretty detail.
Splint seat being worked with binding cane.
This splint seat has been woven using a flat oval reed.