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Handwoven Cane & Specialty Caning Weaving Techniques

Many of us have pieces of furniture that we are particularly fond of.   

Grandma's little woven chair that we remember sitting in the corner, we can still see her smile in our mind's eye, the old bentwood rocking chair with a gaping hole in the seat.

That chair you coddled your children on and want to fix so your grandchildren can be held and rocked similarly.

That bond with our memories warms our hearts and souls. That heirloom piece was handed down to you by your parents or grandparents and can be handed down to your children and grandchildren. 

Handwoven caners are few and far between. Folks that can restore those intriguing pieces woven in specialty patterns with hanging medallions are hard to find.

Caning Canada is seat weaving while RVing to bring our craft to you. Many pieces can be disassembled and mailed for caning if we aren't coming to your area. Check out our shipping page for more information. 

We are Caning Canada and can preserve your memories by restoring your handwoven chairs.

Cane is a beautiful 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. 

Seat Weaving While RVing

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Hand Cane - Traditional Seven-Step Hand Caning 

(with drilled holes)

Handwoven cane

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.

Binding Cane or Rattan

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

We 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, and the weaving method. 

Binding cane or rattan weaving
Binding cane or rattan weaving
Binding cane or rattan weaving

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Hanging Medallions Woven in Cane Sunshine Pattern

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

The hanging medallion may or may not have holes going through the medallion to weave the cane.

If the holes don't go through the frame, then its referred to as French or blind caning.

Rising Sun Cane Pattern

Handwoven cane in raising sun pattern

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

Setting Sun Cane Pattern

Handwoven cane in sunset pattern
Handwoven cane in sunset 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.

I haven't seen a double-sided medallion 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 or French caning
Hand weaving cane

Blind Caning / French Caning is when the holes of a hand-caned chair do not go 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. Although small, they must be fished through as my fingers can't fit through the other woven surface.