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Chair Caning and Rushing

In this week-long class you will learn how to cane a chair seat or back using the standard six-way pattern.

Students need to bring their own piece of furniture which must be suitable for caning. It should have one or more panels with regularly spaced holes going all the way through the frame. Any repairs should be complete before caning, as well as cleaning, painting or French polishing. A trapezium shaped bedroom chair is suitable for beginners.

We will be looking at different shaped panels and the challenges they offer, preparation, weaving the pattern with cane, and methods of finishing the edges.

Other students may want to learn how to rush a chair. So, there will also be an opportunity to weave a rush seat using English rush in the ‘envelope’ pattern. A small bedroom chair or stool is suitable. The piece should have solid rails around the seat with raised corners. A drop-in seat is not recommended for beginners.

For those with experience of cane seating there will be an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques such as to do blind or double caning, to work a sun rise or medallion shape, to perform hexagonal weave or close caning.

In all cases students will need to bring their own furniture to work on, although it will be possible to purchase a suitable piece from the Wooburn Craft School. Please contact the school well in advance to discuss your requirements and the suitability of your furniture.

All students should let us know what you want to learn in this class so we can plan appropriately.