Selected Pages and Projects from: "The Complete Guide
to Chair Caning" By Jim Widess
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The Complete Guide to Chair Caning - Jim Widess, co-author of the best-selling Caner's Handbook, and one of the field's top authoritities, presents crafters with five amazingly detailed seat weaving projects you'll treasure for years to come. Best of all, with the help of a thorough basics chapter, reader-friendly instructions, and a plethora of illuminating color photographs, even beginners can complete every beautiful item.
Complete step-by-step photographs for machine caning, hand caning, rush weaving, splint weaving, wicker and rattan wraps.
Includes the history of caning and the harvesting and processing of rattan.
Trace the weaving of seats through holes drilled in the frame from ancient Egypt to China to Europe and the Americas.
Find out how to use machine-made caning to restore an old chair. Clear, detailed, close-up step-by-step photographic instruction from cleaning out the old cane through installing the new webbing.
Create an entirely new cane seat by hand using techniques never before illustrated.
Learn about the processing of rattan in Indonesia as well as French needle caning.
Fashion a durable and comfortable rush seat using fiber that's twisted into long strands with clear photographed instructions. Learn how to incorporate color patterns using paper rush to mimic the French colored straw-wrapped rush.
Detailed weaving of wicker from start to finish.
Step-by-step instructions for recreating complicated rattan wraps on furniture joins, teapot handles and baskets and for providing valuable information on the different types of available cane and various woven patterns.
Errata: Please print out this photograph to replace photograph #2A on page 104 in the first and second editions of The Complete Guide to Chair Caning. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error might have caused."
What readers are saying about this book:
"The instructions for weaving a cane seat were much better than the instructions for replacing a rush seat. For the caning section, he could have included some tips for what to do when strands break and better advice for avoiding out-of-whack patterns. Also, the directions for weaving the binder cane were not very clear. For the rush seat instructions, beware the instructions in the beginning where you are told to measure your chair to determine how much of the corners must be filled in order to "square off" the chair. After you determine the measurements for the chair you are working with you are instructed to "mark off one inch." Don't do it! Mark off the measurement for your chair, not the example chair the author uses." - Faldaste, Massachusetts
"This is a good book for anyone starting out in chair restoration. Instructions are clear and there are many good illustrations. It gives good basic instructions but no variations in pattern. All in all, it is an excellent starter book." - KC, Alabama
"Pictures illustrate techniques words can't explain, while the clear directions will have you rushing or caning a chair in no time." - Marina Kushner
"When it comes to explaining how to apply rush to a chair, words just don't get it (...then over and across then under then through...). This excellently illustrated book shows what words can't explain. If you have never "rushed" a chair--get this book. It covers more than rushing: caning is in there, too (I'm not interested in caning so I'm not reviewing that part of it--which is the largest part of the book)." - Jim,Houston, Texas
"A great reference for the beginner or professional. Has a lot of good pictures of each step as well as a discussion of the different types of materials used in chair restoration." - Perry K. Wilkerson,Waynesville, North Carolina
"The illustrations are outstanding and the directions for caning a chair are very clear. The directions were very helpful in determining the size of cane to use." -C. Holdship,Cadillac, Michigan
The Complete Guide to Chair Caning 124 pages include 435 color photographs, numerous patent drawings, 10 figures, 6 historical black and white photographs. #19927 - $24.95 (hardcover)