Natural Rush Weaving
Dates TBD – Fall 2023


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Learn to weave a chair seat with pre-twisted natural rush. This is an intermediate level class.

Class Length: 10-12 hours, split over two days.

Class Size: 1-5 people

Includes up to twelve hours of instruction, all tools/materials needed to complete one chair seat, & returning student discount.

BYOC: Bring your own chair or we can provide one for you with advanced notice for $40. Click here to watch a video showing how to choose the best beginner chairs for your first project. 

After the class:  your new seat will need a shellac coating.  The chair should dry overnight first. We can do this for you and you can pick it up the next day, you can return to the shop the next day and do it yourself, or we can send you home with simple instructions to do it yourself.

Special considerations for rush weaving classes:

  • Sign up for our paper rush weaving class on the same date if this is your first chair.
  • Rush is the most physically demanding of all of the styles of weaving. You must have moderate to strong hand, shoulder, arm strength to do this work.
  • Rush is the easiest pattern to understand…but the hardest to make look good. Practicing on dozens of chairs after the class will help your rush weaving skills improve and your seats look posh.
  • Learning on a rectangular footstool will not be the same experience as learning on a trapezoidal chair seat. If you’re wanting to learn in order to do this as a hobby/job, learning on a chair will be the best way to get your practice going.
  • Rocking Chairs are generally larger and not suitable for a class setting. Send us a photo of your chair if you wanted to learn on a rocker, we may be able to accommodate if it is small.
  • If your chair has wooden edging to remove from the sides of the seat, this must be done before class. We can remove and re-attach the skirts for a fee but this should be done AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE CLASS and will require 1-2 days after the class to reattach and match color.  We are going to have to charge for our time on this. This could be done by any furniture restoration professional in your hometown.
  • It is a lower priced class because we anticipate it being mostly returning students who have been trained to Dave’s rigorous standards. This class will coincide with a paper rush weaving class, so if you haven’t woven a rush seat, you will have to use paper fibre rush on your project to get the basics.
  • If you have woven rush chairs, but not in a class with us, send us pictures of your rush chairs. Depending on your rush skills and on attendance for the class, you may not be eligible for the returning student discount. Thanks for understanding.
  • This is not cattail rush weaving, an advanced weaving process which will be offered in the future
  • Not for removable seats, call for a private tutorial if your seat comes off the chair frame.

The differences between a new and old seat, and pre-twisted rush vs. cattail rush.

Pre-twisted rush and cattails are virtually indistinguishable from the top.

Cattail rush indicators include cut plant fibers along the seams of the chair (photo on right)

Additional information

Class Dates

Thursday & Friday • March 12 & 13, 2020 • 10am-4pm