In my last post, I told you about the challenges we had with a radio weave/box weave on a machine caned chair. Interestingly enough, we are doing another radio weave/box weave, in the same week! It is not a particularly common pattern, so this is pretty neat. Of course, it couldn't be just an ordinary box weave, it is a box weave on a rattan frame, instead of a normal caned seat frame which has holes drilled into it to weave the fibers through.
This means that each strand has to be wrapped around the frame and twisted around a tiny hidden nail to secure it in place. And the strands at the top have to be threaded between the two rattan poles and then wrapped around the nail which is even more tricky.
One of the things that makes hand caning so interesting and special is that instead of a perfectly even weave, where each hole is almost the exact same dimensions (as it would be with machine caning), with a hand weave there is some variegation to the pattern. This give each individual chair it's own special look.