This week is starting off with a mixed day of different seat weaving styles here. While most people unknowingly lump all seat weaving styles into the one catagory of “Caning” or “Hand Caning” each actually has different names.
Today I will be working on the 3 major styles. These Styles are Hand Caning, Splint Bottoms, and Rush. In the studio now is a hand caned side chair, an old childs antiques rocking chair, which has a splint bottom seat, and two Hitchcock style side chairs. One needs the original “Genuine Rush Seat” replaced with Fiber Rush, a tightly twisted brown kraft type paper in a rope like form. The second Hitchcock style chair is a newer version, which has what is known a s a Drop-In seat, meaning that the Rushing is done on a wooden frame separately from the chair, then when done the seat is placed back into the chair.
Child’s Oak Splint Bottom Rocker
The following photo’s show the rocker the way it came to the studio, the seat appeared to be Hickory, though worn and deteriorating. This set of photo’s will show “Before, During and After” replacing the old bottom with the new reed splint bottom, in the 3/3 Herringbone Twill pattern. More pictures will be added to this post, as they become available.