Many people just adore old and worn pieces of furniture that may have been handed down to following generations for a number of years. This furniture, at some point or another, may need to be refurbished to brighten it up. For an old chair cane is probably the usual style of seating and sometimes it gets damaged by constant use over time. It may need a complete redo to make it look like new again and this is where the art of chair caning comes in.
Everyone must have aged pieces around the place which seem to be very popular these days. Very often the seat and other areas of the piece will feature split wood or rush material that used to be popular in days gone by. For a more conventional look it is wise to replace all of the seat or back completely to give it the even color that most people would prefer. By just replacing a piece or two, the remainder of the seat may look too old while the new piece would be too bright.
There are different designs available in the weave when replacing these seats or backs in the furniture. How it is to be accomplished depends entirely on the style of the original fitting. For those with a row of holes around the seat, hand finishing is the proper method to use. Some seats have a channel cut in the edge which will mean that a different skill is required. What holds it in place is a ‘spline’ that is hammered down into the groove when the pre-made seat is put in situ.
Those pieces with the row of holes around the seat mean that the artisan must work by hand threading. Each strand of split wood or rush material has to be woven through the holes and across the seat individually which needs a fair amount of work. Artisans who can carry out this work are also in short supply, hence the necessity of charging much more for the service.
Of course, it goes without saying that since this kind of re-caning is a dying art, so the cost of getting it done is often expensive. However, once done, the piece will be a great heirloom to pass down through the family.
Stopping damaging treatment of the piece once it is finished is of the utmost importance. Nothing wet should touch it, and this includes swim suits, damp cloths or clothes or anything like that. Similarly, anything sharp should be kept away from the parts that have the split wood or rush material. It is also good to note that although these parts of the seats are made from wood or reeds, they will not take paint or varnishes in a normal way. If the owner would like them to be aged to match existing pieces then sprays with color added are a good idea, but this finish is prone to chipping and peeling which will rather defeat the object of refurbishing in the first place.
Whatever style of finish is chosen, these seats or sofas bring a touch of nostalgia and rememberance to any home.