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    Anatomy of a Rush Chair

    On Exhibit: A progression of six chairs showing the rush caning process.

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school • restorations • museum • shop

NEW HOURS: Mon-Friday 10am-5pm, & Saturday 11-4. & by appointment


NOTE  on Restorations:  Repair orders are currently 1-2 months for most seats. 


Discounted Shaker Tape Class on Masonic Chair: Saturday, February 4, 2017. 11am-2pm. Chair and Shaker tape in Black and Red ONLY are provided. Help us recoup cost from preparation for an off-site class which was cancelled last year! Tuition only $100 (savings of $150!) Call to reserve your spot, only 4 spaces left.

Natural Rush Weaving: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 14 & 15.  10am-3pm. This is an intermediate class, prerequisite experience in weaving with paper rush.  Tuition: $250. Call to reserve your spot. 828-707-4553

Weaving Diamonds in Shaker Tape:  Friday, March 17, 2017. 10am-3pm. Previous experience weaving with Splint or Shaker tape preferred.  Tuition: $250. Sign up online or call to reserve.

Weaving Daisy Patterns in Laced Cane Seats: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 21 & 22, 2017. 10am-4pm. You must bring a laced cane chair with steps 1-4 completed. This is an intermediate class. Prerequisite experience in weaving laced cane chairs is required. Tuition: $250. Call to reserve.


WELCOME to Silver River Center for Chair Caning

We are located at CURVE Studios & Garden in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC with FREE parking on-site.

The nation’s only chair caning school & museum is operated by Brandy Clements & Dave Klingler, two chair nerds on a mission to revive a “dying art.” Silver River Chairs is a must see on your trip to Asheville, or for locals exploring the art scene. Its an experiential education opportunity for all ages. All restorations, class fees, and t-shirt sales help keep the chair caning museum free for the education of the masses.


  1. See daily demonstrations on an incredible variety of chairs with woven seats.
  2. Take a self-guided tour of our museum.
    Learn about the material, history, and process of 8 styles of chair caning.
    A permanent collection of historical chairs is on display as well as rotating special exhibits.
  3. Take classes from beginner levels to advanced tutorials.
  4. Hang out in the reference library and lounge and read about the ancient and global tradition of chair caning.
  5. Bring your family heirloom in for restoration by our seat weaving experts.
  6. Donate your woven chair for student practice.
  7. Purchase restored chairs in our chair shop.
  8. Get advice on your chairs.
  9. Quickly become total chair nerds.

For more info, call 828.707.4553 • email SilverRiverChairs@gmail.com.
Visit us at CURVE Studios & Garden, #9 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC 28801.

For detailed directions and map, see our Contact & Location page.