Splint-class-studentLearn to weave with splint reed in a herringbone twill pattern on a chair or stool with rails.

General: This style of caning is also called “split weaving” because the authentic material was split off of the bark of a tree (usually hickory or oak). Authentic bark is harvested in the spring and is extremely labor intensive and costly. The most affordable and common way to replace your splint seat is with flat reed. Any chair with four rails can be repaired with this technique.

Binder cane is a rounded reed with a natural coating and is often seen on large porch rocking chairs and mid-century chairs. Binder cane is lovely but hard on the hands and takes twice as long to weave as splint reed.


Splint Weaving on a Footstool
OFFERED BY APPOINTMENT

$150.00

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

SKU: SW 101 Category:

SRCCC-class-splint-kitLearn to weave with splint reed in a herringbone pattern on a small footstool kit (provided) or bring your own small footstool that is exactly square or rectangular.

Class Size: 1-5 people
Class Length: Approximately 4 hours by appointment.

Cost: Includes four hours of instruction, footstool frame, and all tools/materials needed to complete the project.

After the class: Your lovely footstool should be sealed with shellac to protect it from spills and stains. This is ideally done the next day after the weave has dried completely.  We can do this for you the next day or we can give you simple instructions on how to do it yourself.

IMPORTANT: Please read through our Workshop FAQs.


Splint Weaving A Chair Seat
NEXT CLASS May 21, 2017 •

$200.00

Learn to weave with splint reed in a herringbone twill pattern on a standard chair.

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SKU: SW 201 Category:

 

Splint bottom chair

Learn to weave a chair seat with rattan splint reed in a herringbone twill pattern.

Class Length: 5-6 hours

Cost: includes six hours of instruction, splint reed, and all tools/materials necessary to complete the project.

BYOC:  Bring you own chair or we can provide one for you with advance notice at $10-$20 depending on the chair.

*After the class: Your lovely chair seat should be sealed with shellac to protect it from spills and stains. This is ideally done the next day after the reed has dried.  We can do this for you the next day or we can send you home with simple instructions for doing it yourself.

IMPORTANT: Please read through our Workshop FAQs.

 

Additional Information

Class Dates

, Sunday, May 21, 2017 • 10am-4pm, Monday, July 24, 2017 • 9am-2pm, Monday, September 11, 2017 • 10am-4pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017 • 10am-4pm


Splint Weaving on Rocking Chairs
OFFERED BY APPOINTMENT

$20.00

Tutorial Rates of $20 per half hour of instruction time apply.

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

SKU: SW 301 Category:

binder-cane-rocker-seat-and-back-afterLearn to repair rocking chairs that have a woven seat and back.

*** Strong muscles and a good back are necessary to take this class! ***

You must be able to turn your big heavy rocker over with every row of cane during the weaving process.

Cost: $40/hour.

Materials: Students must buy their own material for the class.  We are glad to help you decide on and purchase materials.

  • Many porch rockers are woven with binder cane, a rounded material about ¼ inch wide. Binder cane is hard to work with because it is rough on your fingers and your muscles, especially when you are nearing the end of the seat. Weaving an average porch rocker using this material could take 15-20 hours for the seat and 10-15 hours for the back.
  • Rocking chairs with woven seats and back can be repaired with splint reed, binder cane, rush, or shaker tape. Wider splint reed, rush, or shaker tape will take half the time to restore than binder cane. Rocking chairs with woven seats and backs look GREAT with shaker tape!

Suggested Tutorial Sessions:

Tutorial 1: Set up/starting your weave, adjusting and splicing. (2 hours)
Homework: Weave most of your seat on your own schedule.

Tutorial 2: Finishing your seat starting the back (2-3 hours)
Homework: Finish Weaving the Back

Special Considerations:

  • Tutorials progress at their own pace depending on the chair and the weaver. The number/length of sessions can be adjusted to fit each student’s needs.
  • Weaving with binder cane is very difficult, especially when you get toward the end. Every inch is a victory!
  • Despite the fact that these rockers are marketed as “porch rockers,” any exposure to the elements will lessen the life of your chair.