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Chair Caning and Rushing

On the seating front, we are a full service provider of traditional hand woven caning or standard machine caning. Of course. we also provide seating in other materials ranging from rush to Danish cord. After a chair seat is re-caned, if needed, we will tint the material to match the patina of companion antique chairs.

Rushed Antique Chairs
A client from Orient, NY has a nice set of antique chairs that needed re-rushing.  The client wanted the chairs to have quite a rustic appearance, which we accomplished nicely with the paper rushing. We also gave the chairs a nice waxing to protect the wood and also carry on with the rustic theme.
Vintage Caned Chaise
This great chaise was originally French caned (a particular form of hand caning), but that process is specialized and a skill selectively used in the United States (we believe the piece was originally French caned in Indonesia). Over time, the cane broken and the piece had holes in it and needed to be replaced.
We decided, in consultation with the client, to use press or machine cane instead. We had to fill and re-touch all the holes where the French cane was originally woven. We put in new cane and gently refinished the wood. The chaise now looks wonderful and has very sturdy caning.
Repair and Re-Caning Antique Chair
Our client has a great set of antique chairs; however, the seat on one of the chairs was damaged and needed to be replaced. We re-caned the seat with rushing to match the rest of the set. We then tinted the seat so that the color matched the patina of the other chairs.
Antique Decorative Chairs
This sweet little pair of chairs was sadly need of a new seats. We removed what was left of the old caning and re-caned both of them. From there, we tinted the new caning to have an older looking patina. The finish on the chairs had lots of character, so all we did was clean it up.
Antique Rocking Chair
This old chair had damaged caning in the seat but the caning on the back was fine. We carefully hand-caned the seat and then color matched it with the caning on the back.
  New clients of ours in Cutchogue, NY asked us to re-cane these two interesting antique Guatemalan birthing chairs. These chairs are well made and solid, but since they are used everyday in the client's home, the caning has weakened. We re-caned the seats with hand caning, whereas the prior restoration was executed with drop in machine made cane. We finished off the project with a gentle cleaning and a few touch ups, but the clients liked the patina on the pieces.
These chairs were originally in an old Inn in Orient, NY. When the Inn was knocked down, our client purchased this great set of four chairs. Note that the slats on the back are decoratively designed in the shape of bull rushes.The client asked us to re-cane the seats and distress the caning so that the chairs still have their antique look. Like many old chairs, they are well made and do not need structural repairs. That says something for the original construction as the chairs were likely used heavily as they were in an Inn! We gave the chairs a thorough cleaning but left the lovely patina untouched.
Vintage Metal Framed Outdoor Chairs
One of our clients on the North Fork of Long Island asked us to restore these great modern outdoor chairs. The seats, constructed of plastic material, were very broken and damaged and needed replacing. We re-wove the seating in a great rope that will suit both indoor and outdoor use. The seats are now extremely durable for indoor/outdoor use, attractive and most of all, comfortable!
Pair of Antique Caned Chairs
Our client in Southold, NY has asked us to repair and re-cane this sweet pair of chairs. The chairs needed a fair amount of re-gluing to make them sturdy again. Once that was done, we re-caned them and finished them off with a light French polish. Her husband says they are the perfect size and height for him to sit in whilst he plays the violin.
Set of 6 Antique Chairs
These chairs are paired with the antique drop leaf table above. Our client had us re-cane all the chairs. In addition, we had to re-glue and repair several chairs in the set. Once all that work was done, we gave the finish on each chair a gentle restoration, but did not strip them. The patina on the chairs was so great, we just touched up the finish and gave them a polish to preserve the antique look.
Thonet Rocker Seat
The same Shelter Island client as above also had a terrific Thonet rocker that had damaged caning on the seat of the chair. We replaced this machined cane and it looks great. The client did not want us to tint the seat to match the tone of the back panel, but that is something we often do for our clients.
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