NATIONAL CHAIR CANING DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE:
Visit www.wickerwoman.com for a national directory of chair caners, wicker workers, and furniture restoration experts.
The SeatWeavers Guild is a fantastic resource. They have a list of members who teach and/or restore chairs. Find them on facebook. Become a member! Attend annual gatherings and get advice from fellow chair nerds!
Cane & Wicker Restoration is a public Facebook group where folks all over the world post their projects, questions, and generally geek on chairs.
Earth Guild on Haywood St in Downtown Asheville has reed, strand cane, sheet cane, spline, books, etc.
Ace Hardware on Merrimon (and other locations) does not have rattan or rush but has everything else you need for your chair caning shop: shellac, clamps, tools, glue, free popcorn, and super helpful folks.
Asheville Hardware on Buxton Ave on the South Slope is da coolest. Wood slabs, finishes, glues, tools, and more. Friendly folks and a super convenient location.
The Country Seat, who we went to see in Pennsylvania, good folks and very helpful.
HH Perkins, who very generously donated the material for the chair wall in the museum. Y’all rock.
Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply, super helpful, good people in California (so call them on Left Coast time).
STRUCTURAL WORK OR STAINING/REFINISHING:
Custom Woodworks. Bob Haase in Mills River. 828-707-2946
McCall Restoration Services. Tim McCall in Arden. 828-301-3480
Furniture Repair Works on Brevard Road by the Arboretum. 828-670-7764
Barnhardt’s Restoration. Gary Barnhardt off Sweeten Creek Rd. 828-687-9930
Biltmore Upholstery 101 Fairview Rd #E, Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 274-6722
Stevens Upholstery in North Avl 220 Weaverville Rd. Asheville, NC 28804 (828) 645-3422
Redwood Upholstery 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District (828) 251-5335
Quality Upholstering 9191 State Hwy 197 S. Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 682-1677
Erin Hardy (By appointment) Haywood Rd, West Asheville by Urban Orchard. (828) 337-1978
my friend Andrea Clarke works out of her home in Asheville. 828-545-3618.
Rob Anderson, Anderson’s restoration in Yadkinville, NC. 336-679-3317
Woody’s Chair Shop: Located in Spruce Pine, Scott Woody is a 7th generation chair maker. All around nice guy, cool historical building, legendary chairs.
Brian Boggs Chairmakers. Located off Amboy Rd on the outskirts of the River Arts District, their shop is a must see for chair nerds.
Dr. Brian Crossley of Chester, UK is credited for the historical information in the Caner’s Handbook. Dr. Crossley wrote this fantastic case study of caned furniture for the East India Company at Home, a research project for University College London. He has been very kind to an American chair nerd who emails him from time to time. Much obliged for his time spent educating and enlightening a total stranger.
Matt Tommey: Basket guru…business guru. His baskets will take your breath away. See them in Riverview Station in the River Arts District.
EXPLORE MORE CHAIR CANING IN THE REGION:
the Folk Art Center of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild on the Blue Ridge Parkway
the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC
CHAIR CANING BOOKS:
The Caner’s Handbook by Bruce Miller and Jim Widess. Black and white photos but lots of typical chair projects.
Most excellent chair book ever. American Seating Furniture 1630-1730. Benno M. Forman
Chair Caning bibliography in the works.
Visit our library to see our collection of technical manuals, historical books, biographies, catalogs…
My favorite places to find chairs in Asheville:
Antiques at Riverview Station in the River Arts District has great chairs at great prices.
Bon Vivant Co. home decor and design center features an eclectic mix of timelessly elegant items.
Village Antiques has fine fine FINE furniture, some 18th century chairs, and a secret basement of aweomeness.
Revive Asheville is a boutique shop in Biltmore Village specializing in exceptional 20th Century Modern Design.
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