Chair Seating using Cane, Rush, Seagrass or Danish Cord
Fresh water rushes harvested from the river Thames are used in re-seating country chairs. Both fine and standard grades are offered. These are the same quality and differ in thickness chosen to match the rush existing on the chair to be re-seated. Typically a standard grade rush has a diameter of 6mm and a fine grade 4mm.
In many cases the chair frame joints also need to be re-glued and sometimes seat rails or stretchers may have fractured. Rush chairs sometimes have wooden strips known as ‘rush protectors’ covering the edges of the rush. These may need repair or replacement if some are missing.
Woven split cane panels have been a part of English furniture since the 1660’s. These are found in seat bottoms, backs and arm panels and unfortunately do not last forever. The cane becomes brittle with age and then breaks leading to the need for a new panel to be re-woven. Sometimes the cane on antique furniture may have been artificially coloured down and this can be done with new cane so that it will not look brand new and will blend in with other adjacent panels. The chair in the image has been re-seated and coloured down to match the cane back.
In addition to plain woven cane panels both medallion and ‘sun ray’ panels can be woven.
We regret that we do not repair wicker or basket woven conservatory type furniture
Danish Cord Seating
We can also re-seat chairs using Danish cord.