Silver River Center for Chair Caning
Our mission is to cultivate and inspire a reverence for a world wide chair caning legacy.
Our vision is promoting an enthusiasm for the craft through restoration, education, and travel.
We are a couple of chair nerds on a mission to revive a dying art. We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs. And so, we recently expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum! The above video shows our evolution from professional crafters to shameless chair nerds.
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.” We are proud to honor this skill and all chair nerds (past, present, and future) with Silver River Center for Chair Caning.
- If you need a chair fixed, visit the RESTORATIONS page. Please keep in mind we may have several folks ahead of you in line, so plan ahead for holidays or special events.
- Learn to weave a chair seat…..Take a class, become an intern, or participate in our work-study program.
- Visit our working chair caning museum and take a self-guided tour and watch daily demonstrations on a diverse selection of chairs.
- Relax in our Reference Library and lounge and browse through technical manuals, design books, biographies, catalogs, and magazines.
- Keep in touch with Silver River Center for Chair Caning on Facebook or Instagram.
- Off-site demos include: Folk Art Center, Grovewood Gallery, the Island Farm c1847, 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, the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Furniture Society, American Craft Council, and River Arts District Artists.
- Want us to come to your town and teach classes or repair your chairs? Contact us and we will include you in our US CHAIR CANING TOUR. Previous tours include New England, Mid-West, & the UK!