Authentic Bark vs. Manufactured Reed for Splint Chairs

Authentic Bark vs. Manufactured Reed for Splint Chairs

I admit it was only recently that I wove my first authentic bark seat.  I had a helluva time finding it when I first started out. Eventually, I met several chair makers through the Southern Highland Craft Guild and I literally begged them for years to let me come watch/help harvest bark (achcoughJim McGie & […]

Unusual Rush Chair

“How long did it take you to learn how to weave chair seats?”  is a question we hear regularly from guests who are intrigued by our craft.  The answer, after almost 10 years and thousands of chairs, is that we are constantly learning. Dave recently repaired a rush chair that was a little unusual…it had […]

Before & After

A picture’s worth a thousand words.  Here are some of our more amazing transformations.  Many thanks to Bob Haase for the refinish on the rocker, and Joanne O’Sullivan for the lovely article in Carolina Home + Garden which resulted in the commission of the colorful chair.

Canespotting: Einstein, Lautrec, Stalin, Picasso, & Bentwood

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We love hearing the story behind the chair.  In our disposable society, somehow people manage to retain sentimental attachments to chairs and get nostalgic warm fuzzies telling the provenance of their chair.  Of course some people toss $2000 chairs to the curb because the weave is broken, so it balances out. Speaking of chair stories, […]

Demos at the Folk Art Center

Hello!  It’s been a while.  Here’s just a little bit of what I’ve been up to lately: I had a lot of fun at the Folk Art Center this fall with fellow Southern Highland Craft Guild members Marlow Gates and Tommye Scanlin.  Marlow is a 2nd generation broom maker and Tommye is a tapestry weaver.