The SeatWeavers Guild is a great resource.  They have a list of members who teach and/or restore chairs. Find them on facebook. Become a member, attend annual gatherings and get advice from fellow chair nerds! FREE MEMBERSHIP IN 2020!

Peerless Rattan has a free directory plus videos & supplies. is a paid directory of caners, wicker workers, and furniture repair professionals.

Cane & Wicker Restoration is a public Facebook group where folks all over the world post their projects, questions, and generally geek on chairs.


Silver River Chairs: We keep a fair amount of rush, strand cane, 1/2 open cane webbing, and splint reed in our shop in Asheville. We are glad to sell you some stuff but no shipping…local pick up only!

Earth Guild on Haywood St in Downtown Asheville has reed, strand cane, sheet cane, spline, books, plus lots of great supplies

Suzanne Moore’s Basketworks Vass, NC Orders and Information : 800-338-4972   •   Phone : 910-245-3049

Ace Hardware no rattan or rush but has everything else you need for your chair caning shop: shellac, clamps, tools, glue, free popcorn…

Asheville Hardware on Buxton Ave on the South Slope is da coolest. Wood slabs, finishes, glues, tools, and more.


The Country Seat in PA, good folks and very helpful.

HH Perkins in CT donated the material for the chair wall in the museum. Y’all rock.

Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply in CA, also pretty cool people. Remember the time difference.

The Caning Shop also in CA, also pretty cool people. Remember the time difference.

Cane & Basket Supply also in CA, great for bulk spline.

V.I. Reed & Cane in Arkansas.

Peerless Rattan located in Michigan….check out their videos.

The Basket Maker’s Catalog  in Kentucky has great online instructions:

  1. Splint weaving 
  2. Hickory Bark weaving
  3. Pressed or Machine-woven Chair Caning
  4. Shaker Tape weaving

Royalwood, Ltd. in Ohio, does wholesale & retail. Carries black cane!

Custom-made seat by Custom Woodworks


Custom Woodworks (home workshop in Mills River) Bob Haase. 828-707-2946

McCall Restoration Services  (home workshop in Arden) Tim McCall. 828-301-3480

Furniture Repair Works (new home workshop) Joe & Linda Mc Carson. 828-670-7764

Barnhardt’s Restoration off Sweeten Creek Rd. Gary Barnhardt. 828-687-9930

Crossroads Woodwork shop in East Flat Rock. Gene Robeson. 828-697-1923


Biltmore Upholstery new location in Fletcher, NC. (828) 676-2400

Stevens Upholstery in North Asheville, NC (828) 645-3422

Redwood Upholstery 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District (828) 251-5335

Quality Upholstering Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 682-1677

Erin Hardy Home studio, by appointment. (828) 337-1978


my guru Andrea Clarke works out of her home in Asheville. Also does chair caning, taught me the xs!  828-545-3618

Chris Meyers, find him on Facebook or in Franklin NC. 828-371-8042

Rob Anderson, Anderson’s restoration in Yadkinville, NC.  336-679-3317

Becky Petrick, Whistle Stop Farm in Lincolnton, NC. 828-308-0234

Joel Burman, Wicked Wicker Works in Richmond, VA. 804-968-8668


Bill Novacek – Lancaster, NH – 603-631-5269 –


Brian Brace Fine Furniture in Black Mountain.

Woody’s Chair Shop: Located in Spruce Pine, 200 years of WNC Chair Making History.

Alan Daigre in Woodbury, Tn. Pieced wood block chairs…dang

Brian Boggs Chairmakers.  Located off Amboy Rd on the outskirts of the River Arts District, their shop is a must see for chair nerds.

Dr. Brian Crossley of Chester, UK is credited for the historical information in the Caner’s Handbook.  Dr. Crossley wrote this fantastic case study of caned furniture for the East India Company at Home, a research project for University College London. He has been very kind to an American chair nerd who emails him from time to time.  Much obliged for his time spent educating and enlightening a total stranger.


Folk Art Center of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Galleries, exhibits, shop, demonstrations, special events.

Grovewood Gallery at the Grove Park Inn. Great furniture upstairs

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN has an incredible selection of corn shuck chairs in the dining hall and all over the place.

John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC has chair caning classes and classic antique woven chairs throughout the property.

Artisan Center at Berea, Kentucky and while you’re there, head up to Pleasant Hill Shaker Village and freak out on the chairs. Seriously.


The Caner’s Handbook by Bruce Miller and Jim Widess.  Black and white photos but lots of typical chair projects.

Most excellent chair book ever.  American Seating Furniture 1630-1730.  Benno M. Forman

L. Day Perry’s old school 1887 book is online! Here is the 1917 version:

Chair Caning bibliography in the works.

Visit our library to see our collection of technical manuals, historical books, biographies, catalogs…

My favorite places to find chairs in Asheville:

Antiques at Riverview Station in the River Arts District

Nostalgique, & Atomic Furnishing & Design is a chair nerd Mecca in Biltmore Village.

Village Antiques has fine fine FINE furniture, and entire floor of mostly chairs upstairs, and a secret basement of awesomeness.

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