In the News

Brandy Clements on the Myth of the Dying Art

from Teach With Your Hands at Good City Craft School

50 min. episode with Brandy Clements on the culture and future or chair caning.

NC Weekend – UNCTV

Carolina Moment: Chair Caning

In Carolina Home and Garden

Silver River Chair Nerds

Photo by Matt Rose.

A hand-caned chair seat appears rustic and comfortable. But it carries a lot more weight beyond its function and simple elegance. The style is part of a long and proud — ancient, even — lineage. Read Article

In Capital At Play

Silver River Chairs

Photo by Anthony Harden


It’s something we take seriously here in Western North Carolina. We want our beer to be high quality, our art to be envelope-pushing, and our meals to be sourced from local produce. In Asheville in particular…Among those proudly carrying this mantle of craftsmanship are Brandy Clements and Dave Klingler, the chair caning couple who opened the Silver River Center for Chair Caning in 2015 in Asheville’s River Arts District. Read Article

In The Laurel of Asheville

More than a hundred chair caners from around the country will converge at the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Folk Art Center for the ninth annual Gathering of the SeatWeavers’ Guild Friday through Sunday, July 29–31. Read Article

In American Craft Magazine

And more…

Asheville River Arts District – The Travel Channel (August, 2018) CLICK TO WATCH! (skip to 1:25 for Silver River Chairs)

Explore Your Creative Life-Sophie Magazine (November/December, 2016) Read Article

Ancient Art Coming to Asheville-WLOS News 13 (July, 2016) CLICK TO WATCH!

Come As You Are – American Craft Magazine (February/March 2016) Read Article

Silver River Center for Chair Caning Weaves Past and Present – (1/26/2016) Read Article

BRANDY CLEMENTS: CHAIR CANER – Sophie Magazine (12/28/2015) Read Article

The River Arts District is Home to Silver River – The Biltmore Beacon (11/5/2015) Read Article

Raising Cain – Carolina Home + Garden (6/28/2013) Read Article

Chairlift: Silver River Center for Chair Caning adds school and museum – Mountain Xpress (6/12/2015) Read Article

Chair caning museum opens in River Arts District – Asheville Citizen-Times (6/8/2015) Read Article

In Asheville’s River Arts District, a unique chair caning school and museum – (6/2/2015) Read Article

Press Kit


Article about Grandma Ida. Daily Progress, September 15 1965, Charlottesville, Virginia. Click thumbnail to view full article.

Full press kit for Silver River Center for Chair Caning

Full Press Kit

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