US Chair Caning Tour

Dave and I recently launched our US Chair Caning Tour with a trip to The Island Farm in Manteo, NC.  We were hired by the Outer Banks Conservationists to repair a few really old chairs that reside in a living history house dating from 1847.  They were generous enough to give us a free place […]

Canespotting: Pablo Picasso

As seen on NPR… The Art Of Photographing Artists: Portraits By Arnold Newman by CLAIRE O’NEILL March 28, 2013 A bentwood rocker in pretty rough shape is seen at the right side of the photo.  If only I could figure out the wibbly wobbly timey whimey ways of Dr. Who, I could go back in time […]

The Return of The Beast

It was exactly 1 year ago today that we THOUGHT we’d tamed The Beast, a chair that took over 200 hours to weave the medallion center back and the XXL seat with the XXS cane.  I posted some good stuff on the River Arts District Blog and then we had a Bon Voyage to the […]

Stolen….Mid-Century Modern Goodness

In Denmark, Stolen=Chair (This post is long, scroll to the bottom if you just want to see lots of photos.) The Danes excel in every design medium, from home decor to the Sydney Opera House, but my focus is obviously chairs.  A few years ago I was humbled by Tom of Oddfellows as I commented […]

Custom Dye Job for Child’s Rocker, Part 1

CUSTOM DYEING REED WITH CARLA FILIPELLI PART 1 I had the good fortune to hang out with Carla and Greg Filipelli at their studio Cranberry Creek and try my hand at dyeing my own reed for weaving colorful seats.  They have been making baskets and sculptures for over 25 years and are part of Handmade in […]