Silver-River-ClassesSilver River Center for Chair Caning encourages everyone to learn to repair their own chairs.

Whether you want to fix a family heirloom or you are a furniture restorer wanting to expand your skills, we offer many levels of classes.


4 Class Styles:

LOW-COST WORKSHOPS: $50/person. Limit 6 people.

PAPER RUSH WEAVING: Saturday, May 5, 2018. 11am-2pm.

LACED CANING: Saturday, May 19, 2018. 11am-2pm.

To register, call
828-707-4553 or



Learn Splint, Rush, Shaker tape, Laced Caning, and Pressed Caning in a structured class where you will finish a chair project. Bring your own chairs, or we can provide them for you for a nominal fee. Tuition includes all tools and materials, after-class assistance with future projects and $25 off future classes.

Click the chair caning class you’d like to explore:


Get the 5-class package save $150. Great for beginners and for intermediate caners looking to perfect their skills. You are welcome to attend the following classes individually without registering for the entire two weeks.

NEXT BOOT CAMP 2 WEEK INTENSIVE April 16-20, & 23-27, 2018 

Monday, April 16:  Pressed caning removal & installation. 10am-3pm.

Tuesday, April 17: Rush weaving with paper fiber rush. 10am-6pm.

Wednesday, April 18: Splint weaving. 10am-4pm.

Thursday, April 19: Shaker tape weaving. 10am-2pm.

Friday, April 20: Finishing uncompleted work, sealing rush & splint, additional practice 10am.

Monday, April 23-Friday, April 27: Hand-woven/Laced Caning. 10am-5pm each day.


Tutorials & Community Weaving Sessions

NEW! Community Weaving Sessions for laced caning & rush weaving are a donation based independent study. Bring your chair and materials, use our shop and our years of experience. Suggested donation $20-$40. Call to schedule: 828-707-4553.



Schedule a tutorial in 1-hour increments for a little more help with your project, or if your chair exceeds the scope of our classes. Examples include: Porch Rockers, Danish Cord, Binder Cane, Hickory Bark. Tutorials are $40/hour by appointment only. Call 828-707-4553 to schedule.

Chair caning is physically demanding work. If you are injured, please let us repair your chair for you. Wait until injuries have healed before taking a chair caning class.

Workshop FAQ’s

READ THIS! Important information for ALL CLASSES follows:

Parking is available in 3 spaces in front of the garden. Street parking is close-by.

If you don’t have a chair, we can pick one up for you for $10-$40, depending on the chair. Please let us know when you sign up so we can find a chair.

 You do not need to bring tools to class. You may check out our tools for homework assignments (with a cash deposit or credit card number and signed permission that we can charge that number if you lose or break our tools).
If you have your own cane/rush/reed, and it has passed our inspection, we will discount your class cost in the amount of your materials. Please save the receipt. For individual tutorials, you provide your own materials. We provide a list of caning suppliers for future projects.
Comfortable clothing and shoes. We teach standing on anti-fatigue mats but you can also sit down. You are working with fibrous plant materials and sharp tools that may pick clothing. We have great heat in the winter but do not have AC for the summer. Dress accordingly.
Splint and Shaker Tape are the quickest, least complicated classes, followed by machine-woven caning, and rush weaving. Laced caning takes 5 days of physical and mental work.
Our golden retriever Rosie loves to come to work but generally doesn’t come in on a busy class day. If you are allergic, please let us know so we can clean the shop really well.
Bathrooms are on-site. Bring your own lunch or snacks and store it in our refrigerator, or go to a River Arts District cafe. We have all plates/napkins/utensils/cups/water/tea available for you.
$25 discount on each class that you take after the first one. Bring a friend, you get $25 off. Buy a 5 class package (Boot Camp) and save $150 or attend Boot Camp with a friend and save an additional $100 each.
5o% down payment to hold your space. Full refund with 48 hours notice. 24 hours notice of cancellation results in a 50% of deposit returned (exclusions may be considered based on situation). No show/no reschedule/no refund. Rescheduling for classes allowed at $25/class in most circumstances.
If you live out of town, call to determine if you have a suitable chair for the class. Send an email with photos. You may need measuring tape. You may need to remove your old seat. THIS IS IMPORTANT so that we get the right material for your chair. If you are local, stop by.
  • Bring in your chair a week in advance so we can inspect it.
  • Structural Repair must be done before you install the seat.
  • Refinishing of the chair should be done before you weave the seat.
  • Save your old seat if you want to match a specific material/pattern/color.

Some chairs can’t be TOTALLY finished in a day…Rush and Splint chairs must dry over night and then get a shellac coating to protect them from stains. We can do this for you, we can send you home with instructions, or you can come back in the next day to shellac your chair. It will only take about an hour which includes enough time for the shellac to dry enough for you to take the chair home.

A signed waiver is required for participation in any of our workshops.

If you have financial need and are willing to work for us for trade of class cost, we will consider based on each situation.