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. It's 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.
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.
Sheet caned chairs are made with pre woven materials that is fitted into a goove 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.
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 woven in a continuous strand that creates 4 triangles that meet in the middle.
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.
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.