Welcome to Emza's Chair Caning & Weaving!
I strive to do quality, professional restoration for each and every client through my attention to detail, accurate craftsmanship, and honing my skills and knowledge over the past 21 years. This is a home business by appointment only; located in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.
I do 10+ weaving techniques. It is essential to contact me with a photo of your restoration needs so that I may be able to efficiently and accurately assist you.
Phone/Text: (614) 906-4363
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E. Emza Uphill is a 4th generation master furniture weaver with over 2 decades of experience. At the age of 14 she started apprenticing under her father Bill, of the former Bill's Caning & Rushing; first learning how to hand cane, then sheet cane, and rush weave chairs, canoe panels, and other functional items. Once she mastered those techniques she took on Splint, Danish Cord, Danish Peel, and advanced techniques in Caning.
Emza is also a professionally trained artist. She received her BFA from The Ohio State University and a MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder. There she taught 3 years of undergraduate 2D, 3D and time based art. Both in her studio practice and in teaching, Emza has had an emphasis on craftsmanship and perfection of finished work- seen and unseen. These qualities have continued on into her weaving work.
Her favorite pieces to restore are the challenging original Hans Wegner chairs. Most require extensive knowledge of traditional techniques, but because of their "one off" weaving design they also require the ability to apply known skills with reverse engineering.
Emza also enjoys family heirlooms and the special stories and histories that come with them. She considers it an honor to help facilitate these pieces living on for future generations.
She is an active member of The SeatWeaver's Guild.
You can be confident that your pieces of furniture will be in skillful hands!
"Chairs are documents and Caners are historians that preserve centuries of designs and techniques." -Benno Forman
Emza is a very unique and old female first name and has been passed down generation to generation in my family since the early 1800s (as far as we have traced back). When I started my own business I found it fitting to use Emza in the name- a sentimental and heirloom name to match many of the family pieces that come through my workshop. There is an "Emza Quilt" handmade by 2 of the Emza's that also gets passed down with the name. Currently my daughter and myself are the only living Emza's.
Bill's Chair Caning & Rushing
Many of my clients remember Bill's Chair Caning and Rushing, which was my father Bill Seib's business for 40 years before he retired in early 2012. He operated out of his home workshop in Columbus, Ohio and focused mainly on Caning and Rushing, but also took on special projects. Bill learned how to cane from his grandfather and learned to rush on his own. He taught my mother and I how to cane to help him out during busy seasons. Now he is enjoying retirement and being a grandparent.
Emza's Chair Caning and Weaving Columbus, Ohio. By appointment at: (614)906-4363