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Specialty Hand-Woven Cane, Pre-Woven Cane, and Rattan Furniture Repair, Caning Canada

Caning is a method of weaving chair seats and backs as well as other furniture whether the piece is new or the weaving is being restored with material derived from the rattan plant. 

The rattan vine is native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia  The vines typically grow 100 to 300 ft in length. Prior to export, the rattan stems are cut to uniform lengths and the bark is removed in narrow strips. The rattan vine looks similar to bamboo. Rattan is a solid flexible vine which needs support where bamboo is hollow and holds itself upright. 

Some folks confuse furniture or chair caning with wicker. To clarify, chair caning is the craft of applying rattan cane or rattan peel to a piece of furniture such as the backs or seats of chairs. Wicker or wickerwork is the craft of weaving any number of materials such as natural willow or rattan reeds other man-made and  paper-based cords like Danish cord or Fibre rush.

Cane is very durable and is typically left in its natural state and will colour beautifully as it ages.

Cane is a wonderful eco-friendly material, providing a light and airy feel for a room while still being modern and stylish.

Cane is traditionally woven into different webbed patterns utilizing various weaving methods as detailed below. 

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Hand Cane - Traditional Seven Step Hand Caning (with drilled holes)

Holes are drilled around the perimeter of the chair frame and individual strands of cane are hand woven through the series of drilled holes.

Sometimes it's easier to see and count the drilled holes from the underside or back of the frame.

Handwoven cane repair is charged by the hole. Surfaces typically range from 60 to 100 holes however the only way to get an accurate restoration estimate is to count the holes.

Other names for hand caning include strand cane, hole-to-hole caning, rattan, wicker, lace caning, traditional caning, and natural strand caning.

Pre-Woven Cane

Pre-woven sheet cane is set into a routed groove on the top side of the chair, held in place with a reed spline, with no holes drilled in the framework.

As a general rule of thumb, measure across the longest side of the woven surface, and we charge by the inch to replace the cane panel.

Pre-woven cane is also referred to as cane webbing, pressed-in cane, machine cane, sheet cand, and spline cane.

Binding Cane or Rattan

Binding cane or rattan is used to weave Danish midcentury modern furniture.

Examples to the left are a magazine rack that sits under a table woven for Bex Vintage in Calgary, Alberta. Photographed on a Niels Møller Model 57 Armchair.

Top right photo courtesy of Louche Milieu located in Calgary, Alberta of a Hans Olsen rocking chair rewoven by Caning Canada.

Middle right Market Place find of a Trioh Mobler side table with a cane magazine rack.

Bottom right photo courtesy of Reclaim Vintage YYC caned back settee rewoven by Caning Canada. 

We really need a photo of your binding cane piece to provide an estimate as we need to estimate the amount of material required, the attachment technique, as well as the weaving method. 

Danish Teak Table with Cane Shelf

Danish Teak Table with Cane Shelf

Binding cane is used in so many different ways to create a light and airy yet functional surface on midcentury modern Danish tables. 

This Danish teak table with a cane shelf uses a no-nail technique to attach the binding cane to the magazine shelf.

The weaving pattern is a one-by-one open weave. 

Mid Century Modern Trioh Danish Teak End Table

Mid Century Modern Trioh Danish Teak End Table

A beautifully crafted, Danish, two-tier, teak and cane table designed by Trioh Mobler, circa the 1960s. 

This table features a sturdy two-tier design with the bottom tier strongly supported by binding cane woven into a magazine shelf. A gorgeous sight to behold in person.


29 1/4“ wide x 29 1/4” deep x 20 1/4” tall

Teak & Cane Side Table by Arne Hovmand Olsen, Mogens Kold, Denmark 1950

Teak & Cane Side Table by Arne Hovmand Olsen

The teak and cane side table by Arne Hovmand Olsen for Mogens Kold, Denmark 1950s used a thinner gauge of cane then binding cane to create the lower shelf. 

The table has a solid teak frame, teak top with solid edging including a distinctive lip along the short edges. The table has a split cane woven shelf framed by solid teak. The top and shelf appear to float as they are bolted to the frame through teak dowels.

Canadian Made Round Teak Table with Cane Shelf

Canadian Made Round Teak Table with Cane Shelf

A Canadian-made vintage beauty.

The beautifully sculptured round teak table with a cane shelf is made to start a conversation in your home. 

What a statement. 

Woven for Brassy Beehive located in Edmonton, Alberta.

Trioh Danish Teak Coffee Table with Floating Cane Shelf

Trioh Danish Teak Coffee Table with Floating Cane Shelf

The mid-Century Modern Danish teak coffee table by Trioh Møbler sports the extremely functional two-tier design with a caned shelf at the bottom. 

Elegant Scandinavian styling throughout with unparalleled attention to detail and premium teak construction.

Notice how the pattern switches between a two-by-two pattern and a one-by-one weaving pattern to create even more depth and intrigue?


Height: 16.5" x Width: 58.38"  x Depth: 20.38"

Riempie Chairs

Riempie chairs can be traced back to the traditional 17th century Dutch, Flemish, and English chairs. Riempies or leather straps that were readily available were used in place of cane or reed strips which had to be imported.

In the early 1820s, settlers in South Africa were on the move and needed lightweight chairs that utilized the materials available and the technique of riempies was most common. A simple, lightweight and strong chair that embraced the South African heritage.

Riempie chairs have stood the test of time and are still being produced in South Africa today.

Now I don't do leatherwork however I have found that weaving the Riempie chairs with two different gauges of cane provides a clean textured yet simply finished seat that is well suited to the chairs. Replacing the traditional leather straps with cane has been well received as the Riempie strapping with time transfers a powdery and caulk-like substance to one's clothing. 

Hanging Medallions Woven in Cane Sunshine Pattern

Hanging medallions can be woven in a sunrise pattern or using the seven-step hand cane method.

This project consisted of a three-seater settee with three hanging medallions on the backrest and two armchairs with hanging medallions. The backs of all pieces were completed in the Sunrise pattern and the arms were completed in the standard seven-step hand cane method. 

Rising Sun Cane Pattern

The rising sun pattern forms a sun ray with tight holes at the bottom of the ray and wider spaced holes along the sides and top of the ray.

Setting Sun Cane Pattern

The setting sun pattern forms a sun ray with tight holes at the top and the sides of the ray and wider spaced holes at the bottom of the ray.

I haven't seen a double-sided medallion as of yet and I can't get my head around how it would be woven so maybe that's why I haven't seen one yet. 

Blind Cane / French Cane

Blind Caning / French Caning is when the holes of a hand caned chair do not go all the way through the chair frame. Each strand of cane is cut to size, woven, and then glued into the individual holes. 

Double-Sided Caning is when both sides of the chair frame are caned. Double caned surfaces are also usually blind caned as well.  Not only does each strand of cane need to be cut to size, woven, and then glued into the individual holes. They need to be fished through as my fingers although small can't fit through the other woven surface. 

Cane Furniture Care & Use

Can can be cleaned using a wood soap; an example being Murphy's Oil Soap and a soft cloth. Do not use the chair for two days to let the cane fully dry. 

Oil the cane on your furniture once or twice a year using lemon or teak oil. Apply the oil to the bottom porous side of the cane and wipe off the excess after 15 minutes.

Avoid putting cane furniture in hot, dry or sunny rooms. Also, avoid putting cane furniture near heat vents as it will dry out the cane and make it brittle.

Never stand on a cane chair. Cane is extremely strong when weight is evenly distributed across the surface.

Cane stretches when you sit on it which allows for the stress of even weight distribution. Over time the stretch will sag. When the cane loses its ability to stretch it will begin to break along the chair from or within the sag. You can extend the life of your cane furniture by wetting the underside of the chair with a warm wet towel and then letting it dry to tighten the sag. Do not use the chair for two days to let it fully dry and tighten.

Cane doesn't need to be sealed or stained as it will naturally colour with age. If you choose to stain the cane use an oil-based stain on the top side of the cane not the porous bottom of the cane. The bottom side is used to oil your cane to retain moisture. 

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair B32

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair B32

Marcel Breuer Cesca Armchair B32

Marcel Breuer Cesca Armchair B32

Marcel Adios Breuer 1902 - 1981

The Cesca chair was designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer using tubular steel and either hand-woven cane or pre-woven cane. 

The frames of the seat and backrest are made of high-quality beech and are joined with the precision that can only be produced by a true craftsman. Both armrests of the B32 Armchair are milled from a single piece of wood.

The steel frame of the Marcel Breuer chairs are bent using computer-driven machines, guaranteeing a high degree of precision.

The frame is polished and coated with two layers of nickel, as well as a final coat of chrome, to ensure long lasting elegance.

The seats and backrests can be removed from the chair frame and mailed to Caning Canada for cane replacement. 

Josef Hoffmann 1870 - 1956

Josef Hoffmann caned A811 (no arms) B811 (armchair) 1920s made in Poland.

Gebrüder Thonet

No.18 Dining Chair by Gebrüder Thonet for Josef Hoffmann 1920s

No 14 Bentwood rocking chair known as the bistro chair was introduced in 1859 and produced by Thonet.

Hans J. Wegner

Teak W2 Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner for C.M. Madsen, 1950s woven with a binding cane.

Peter Hvidt (1916-1986) and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (1907-1993)

Minerva Corner Table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Søn, 1950s

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Søn Teak Daybed Model 451, 1956.

Hans Olsen 1919–1992

Rocking chair designed by Hans Olsen for Juul Kristensen in Denmark, circa the 1960s

Arne Vodder 1926 - 2009

Armchair Model FD186 was designed by Arne Vodder and manufactured by France & Son, Denmark 1956.

ERIK WØRTS 1916 - 1997

These chairs were designed by Erik Wørts and produced by Wørts Møbelfabrik in 1957 in Denmark.

Ib Kofod-Larsen 1921 - 2003

Kofod cane back lounge chair woven in the Hans Olsen style.

Erik Kollig Andersen and Palle Pedersen

Erik Kollig Andersen and Palle Pedersen produced by Horsnaes Møbler in the 1950s-1960s

Pierre Jeanneret 1896 - 1967

Pierre Jeanneret caned Easy Chair 1950s.