WHAT IS IT? Hand Caning is woven strand by strand all by hand attaches to the wood by holes drilled through the wood. It is the original and oldest of all caning techniques, dating back centuries. As you can imagine this is a time consuming technique!
MATERIAL: Cane is produced from the peeled-off bark of rattan which naturally grows in Southeast Asia. The strips of bark are cut into cane strips of uniform width and depth, referred to as peel. Each chair is evaluated, fitted with the correct size of cane, and woven to meet professional, historical, and museum standards. True cane is always used, never synthetic. To ensure the best quality, all cane is used within 1 year of import.
COLOR: When the cane is brand new and fresh it is a light blond color and will darken with age and oxidation to a deep honey brown. Information on color matching cane CLICK HERE
How do I know if my chair requires Hand Caning? CLICK HERE
Importance of neat backs
When Hand Caning a back, it is just as important that the back look as neat and finished as the front. Because it will be seen, the last thing you would want to see on the back of your chair is messy knots and twisted loops. That is why I always pay extra attention to and finish Hand Cane backs as neatly as possible.
Structural repairs must be completed before new weaving goes in. Most I am able to accomplish in my workshop, but more severe repairs will have to be taken to a wood restoration specialist. The most common breaks and cracks happen between the holes in the wood where the cane attaches and are often covered by the finishing strip. Repair cost is evaluated per job.
A Selection of Hand Caning Before + Afters
Thonet, Kohn, and Bentwood
Lincoln Rocking Chairs
These rockers are called Lincoln rockers (and sometimes referred to as Grecian rockers). President Lincoln was sitting in an upholstered version of this Early American style rocker when assassinated at Ford Theater. The rocker became iconic and commemorative of his death and loss. Over the *centuries* they have been made is many different sizes (they are still made today!).
Victorian era furniture produced between 1870-1890 and inspired by architect Charles Eastlake.
Full Size Rocking Chairs
Sewing, Nursing Rockers
Smaller in stature (sometimes mistaken for children's rockers) and often with hip guards
"Dewey's Fleet Our First Victors"
Commemorative chair from the Spanish-American War
Battle of Manila Bay, Philippines, 1898. Lead by US four star Navy Admiral George Dewey who defeated the Spanish in 6 hours with only 1 American casualty.
A victory that inspired great pride and many commemorative items such as plates, spoons, pins, post cards... and chairs! Other style chairs were made embossed with his bust and boats he commanded.
Stools and High Chairs
Tiger Maple and Burled
Very costly and fancy wood growth used solid or as a veneer. Worth their weight in gold! Some of these examples are as early as the 1700s!
Sleigh Back / Saber Legged Chairs
Some as early as the 1700s, high quality old growth hardwood. The overall shape of the chairs are similar, but the uniqueness lies in the decorative backs and natural variations in the expensive fancy woods.
various side chairs
Emza's Chair Caning Columbus, Ohio. By appointment at: (614)906-4363