As far back as the 2nd Century, people have woven cane for chair seating. What began in China spread throughout the world and by the 17th Century was a popular design throughout the British Empire. Caning was considered hygenic because bugs, mites, and other pests could not nest in the open weave. Caned seating was, and continues to be, especially favored in warm, humid climates such as the Southern United States. Is there anything more Southern than the image of a cane rocker on a front porch?
But did you know that there are a number of different types of caning? Here at C & S Refinishing and Upholstery, our team has master the art of caning in a number of styles.
One of our most frequent requests is the repair of a damaged
traditional hole to hole caned seat. In these cases, we weave by hand one strand at a time. It takes time to do, but the results are worth it. With proper care, a hole to hole caned seat will last twenty-five years.
Flat splints of woods such as oak, ash, hickory bark, or cane or rattan are soaked in water overnight and then woven in either a basketweave or herringbone pattern. This method creates a very durable seat, which is why this is the most common caning on Southern porch rockers or settin' chairs and foot stools.
These are just a few examples of the many types of caning we do. Call or stop by the shop to learn more!