Weaving a Cane Seat
More comfortable than wood, less expensive than upholstery
Synopsis: Caned seats are more comfortable than wood seats and less expensive than upholstery. In this article, Judy Warner explains how she caned the seats of stools her husband made. She talks about cane itself, where it grows and how to find it, and the tools needed to work with it. She explains exactly how to prepare the seat for caning and how to do the caning itself. Photos show each step in close detail.
I had two reasons for wanting cane seats on the breakfast-nook stools that my husband had made. First, I love the light, airy pattern of traditionally woven cane, a pattern that’s been around for more than 300 years. Second, I was tired of sitting on the hard wooden seats of the old stools. We’ve been very pleased with the results; the pattern blends well with the contemporary stools, and the firm yet flexible cane is…