2014 Appalachian Chair Caning Tour, conclusion

2014 Appalachian Chair Caning Tour, conclusion

My first SeatWeavers Guild Annual Gathering was like having a little too much to drink at a party.  You meet tons of people, talk about your shared passions, become instant best friends with at least 5 people, but don’t really remember much except that is was the best time ever! Each paragraph of the Appalachian Chair […]

The Appalachian Chair Caning Tour

The Appalachian Chair Caning Tour

The ubiquitous woven chair seat. Most chairs are older than we are and will be here long after we are gone. They are found in every country across the globe, yet somehow caning is now considered a dying or lost art. Van Gogh and Matisse painted them.  Presidents and kings have sat in them. They […]

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 […]

Cane-spotting…Norman Rockwell’s Chair

Chair Repair, Chair Repair. Like I said,  it’s everywhere!  Including tonight on Antiques Roadshow. Watch it here.   Or read the article.  This lady was a model for Norman as a child and her father was his friend/photographer, who eventually got the chair off of him.  He gave it away because the seat was broken! […]

Cane-spotting! The Inaugural Luncheon.

In the early days of my chair caning business, I came up with a cheer: GO CHAIR REPAIR! And a jingle: Chair repair, chair repair, doot doot doot doot doot chair repair. (If you’re trying to sing it yourself, the melody goes up the first 3 syllables, down the second 3 syllables, and the last […]