|With The Spline Cut To Size And Drying To Shape|
We do quite a bit of traditional hand caned seats here at the shop but we also do a good amount of unique caning besides that. This chair back needs two 'windows' of machine caning, giving us a unique shape to work with and also a unique weave. The set of chairs has a 'radio net' weave which is made up of perpendicular strands of cane done in a box pattern. The chair also has a curved back which gives us yet another challenge to work with.
|Masked Of Weaving, Before & After Staining|
Another big challenge with machine woven cane is just getting the old stuff out! If it was originally put in well, then it is going to be really stuck in there. It has to be chiseled out, which if not done by an expert hand, can chip the wood, leaving you with a much bigger problem then you started with.
Here at the shop we are fortunate enough to have an expert Furniture Weaver, and she did a beautiful job on this difficult task.
Have you ever tried machine or hand weaving before? We would love to hear how it went!