Toronto Chair Caning
Cil Pinkett has over 25 years experience in seat weaving and learned this art when living in England. In addition to hand caning, also known as hole caning, her skills also extend to machine caning, also known as sheet caning/press caning and rushing, be it natural of fibre. She has enjoyed giving many seminars in all locations at Lee Valley Tools.
This method of caning has drilled holes around the perimeter of the wood frame. The caner weaves an octagon pattern, using the strands of cane, it is a 7 step process, each step is worked through the holes. This provides a very durable and strong seat. It can be a tedious and time consuming process but the end result is beautiful.
Machine cane comes already woven in the many different patterns, but the most common is the octagon pattern and it is pressed into a routed grove around the perimeter of the chair. Glue is then added into the grove and the cane is secured with spline. The most labour intensive part of this process is removing the old cane without damaging the finish on the chair frame.
This tends to be a very costly process as the material is particularly difficult to manage. Natural Rush is either Bulrush or Cattail leaves that are rolled and twisted together. Usually the pattern is 4 triangles.
Because of the cost, fibre rush is usually the acceptable option.
The same method is used for the natural rush, but the material is rolled Kraft paper. Definitely a more economical way to rush a seat.