Machine-cane-studentMachine woven cane became popular when manufacturing processes required a more efficient method to make seats than the tedious hand woven process.  This type of caning is also called “sheet caning” or “pressed cane” because you buy the cane already woven in a big sheet of webbing and install it like a screen in a door.  Because of the manufacturing process, you may find flaws in the cane which need to be patched once you finish installing the seat.  The most difficult part of machine caning is getting the old seat out of your chair!  The rest is simple once you get used to working with the delicate material.

Individual Machine Cane Tutorial

$40/hour. By appointment only!  Call 828-707-4553 to schedule.

Machine Cane 101: Seat Removal


The class is offered by appointment. Call 828-707-4553 to schedule.

SKU: MC 101. Category: .

Length: 2-4 hours by appointment. Call 828-707-4553 to schedule.
Cost: $75

Why is removal of the seat separated into its own class?

  • Often it is more difficult and takes longer to remove the old seat than it does to actually install the new seat.
  • Removal and installation in the same class makes for a long day of hammering and shoulder work.
  • Some chairs have conveniently been cleaned out already.
  • It is easiest to help you measure your chair for proper sizing of cane and spline once the old seat is removed.

We will get you started and you may continue to dig away at your chair in the studio until it’s done.

If you want us to remove your seat for you, we will do so for $40. If you want to remove the cane yourself at home please keep the groove as uniform as possible.  Any chunks chipped from the groove will make installation more difficult and will reduce the lifespan of your seat.

IMPORTANT: Please read through our Workshop FAQs.

Machine Cane 201: Installing a Seat


In this class you will learn to install a machine cane seat.

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SKU: MC 201. Category: .

machine-cane-chair-suitable-for-classesIn this class you will learn to install a machine cane seat.

Class size: 2-3 people
Class Length: Approximately 4 hours

Cost: $175…All tools/materials provided:

  • Sheet of cane* (what if you already have materials?  See below…)
  • Spline
  • Small hammer
  • Wedges
  • Tub for wetting cane
  • Towels
  • Sturdy scissors
  • Chisels or box cutter and blades
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Small scissors
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps

*If you already have cane, how old is it? Where has it been stored? What kind of condition is it in?  Stop by with your materials before class so we can check it out.

Removal of old cane should be done before class. Please take Machine Cane 101: Seat Removal if you require our help removing the old material. Or we can do it for you at $40/hour.

IMPORTANT: Please read through our Workshop FAQs.

Additional Information

Class Dates

Thursday, July 9, 2015 • 10am-2pm, Thursday, July 16, 2015 • 5pm-9pm, Tuesday, August 11, 2015 • 4pm-9pm

advanced-machine-caning-curved-backMachine Cane Tutorial 301: Advanced Methods

Individual tutorials are your best option if your chair has a curved back, shared seams, or for non-standard weaves like radio weave or Danish weave.

These special chairs require more time and attention to detail and are not appropriate for a class setting.  Save your sanity and do not learn on this chair…or let us fix it for you!

Cost: $40/hour by appointment only, materials are separate.