Okay all you DIY’s (Do It Yourselfers), here is what you’re getting into! As I was gutting out machine cane from some bauhaus style kitchen chairs, I decided to take some photos to show y’all the joys of caning: By now, you know how to tell if you have a machine woven/pressed cane chair. Here […]
When I was the Artist in Residence at the Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery late 2008, I met lots of cool people. Many of them told me, “you GOTTA go to Woody’s Chair Shop!!!” Exactly like that, with all the exclamation points. Almost a year later I was at the Southern Highlands Craft Guild […]
I heart trashpicking! Scored a cane bottom and back seat a la Bauhaus kitchen chair, not my style, don’t really need it (at all) but perfectly good chair…just needs a seat. See a picture of my find on CANING page. Also, here’s a cool little something I learned about Vincent Van Gogh: These two chairs […]
How freakin’ cool is this? If you haven’t been to the British Museum, you oughtta. It’s FREE (after you pay for the trip to London) and is divided according to continents….there is some world class pillaging. So I found this in the Africa section. I’ve seen a panel similar to one of these in a restroom in Kudu Coffee my favorite coffee shop in Charleston. The owners lived in Africa for a while. Caning was also popular in Egypt, with the grassy banks of the Nile providing material for stools and chairs. The Egyptian stool I saw in the museum was more like natural rush or seagrass cord that you see today, not nearly as striking as this but cool to see how an ancient design still is seen today.
I quote the Beatles…all you need is love…doot do do doot do….So I am at my sisters and spent the day “bonding with some furniture” as my dad used to say. These two big natural rush chairs were starting to get a little dry and brittle. Once they go, they go quickly so take care of your chairs folks! All they need is a little love. A little maintenance goes a long way. If you have natural or fiber rush and it is looking old, just slap a coat of shellac on the seat to give it a few more years. If you have cane, then wet a towel and lay it across the bottom of the chair every few months to help tighten the weave. Pictures coming soon.