Silver River Center for Chair Caning
Our mission is to cultivate and inspire a reverence for a worldwide chair caning legacy.
Our vision is to promote an enthusiasm for the craft through education, restoration, and travel.
We are a couple of chair nerds on a mission to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art. We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs. And so, we expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum! The following video shows our evolution from professional crafters to shameless chair nerds.
We are proud to honor a family tradition, the craft, and all chair nerds (past, present, and future) with Silver River Center for Chair Caning.
Benno M. Forman, author of American Seating Furniture 1630-1730, stated that “chairs are documents, and caners are historians who preserve centuries of designs and techniques.”
- Off-site demos include: Folk Art Center, Grovewood Gallery, the Island Farm c1847, Moses Cone Manor, and a variety of historic houses and festivals.
- Collaborative work includes: Furniture Repair Works, McCall Restoration Services, Custom Woodworks, Barnhardt’s Restoration, Woody’s Chair Shop, Brian Boggs Chairmakers, and the Old Wood Company.
- Memberships include The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc, the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Furniture Society, American Craft Council, and River Arts District Artists.
Want us to come to your town for a demonstration or lecture? We speak at woodworker associations, schools, museums, scout meetings, camps, and historic houses. We will tailor our presentation to suit your interests.
Contact us at 828-707-4553 or email SilverRiverChairs@gmail.com