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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

We will be open by appointment only on Saturdays in August & September to recover from hosting a national conference. 

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

Our next low-cost introductory workshop is scheduled for Saturday November 19, from 11am-2pm. The cost is $50 and includes all tools, materials, and chairs. SPACE IS LIMITED! CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE 828-707-4553

CHAIR CANING BOOT CAMP is designed for beginners wanting to learn all they can about the craft. Great for those considering a part-time job caning chairs, furniture restoration specialists looking to add seat weaving to their portfolio, or for general chair nerds who have a chair habit and need to finally fix all of those seats. BOOT CAMP IS A 2 WEEK INTENSIVE DECEMBER 5-9 & 12-16. SAVE $150 ON TUITION BY SIGNING UP FOR BOOT CAMP. BRING A FRIEND AND SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $100


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.