What is cane?
Rattan is a natural fibre which grows in the tropical regions of
Indonesia and China. The outer skin of the long climbing vine is
called cane. It has a shiny surface, is extremely strong, and creates
a beautiful chair seat that will endure for decades.
What is caning?
Caning is the fine art of hand-weaving a new chair seat, or back,
using strands of cane to create a traditional pattern. A chair to
be hand-caned is distinguished by the series of holes (frequently
80 holes) that run around the edge of the seat and go right through
to the underside of the chair.
Can I do it?
Yes, it is not hard, just very slow work, and requires a lot of
patience. Anyone can master the skill of caning, but it does not
appeal to all.
Is my chair worth restoring?
People often ask this question. Only you can decide if the chair
is worth repairing, basing your decision on useful life, dollar
value, sentimental value and intended life to come. Antique chairs
are, for the most part, worth repairing. It is essential to reproduce
the original workmanship to preserve the inherent value. More modern
chairs may be favourites that work well in your home or have a sentimental
value to your family. One can make a judgement based on the price
of repairs and the value of passing your heritage and heirlooms
to your descendants.