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Chair seating

Do you have a cherished chair in your home, passed down through your family, with many happy memories attached to it? You can’t bear to throw the chair away, even though it has seen better days and looks worn. Unfortunately, when a chair seat is broken, it loses its strength and can’t simply be patched up. I can help you keep the chair and use it to its full potential by reweaving the chair seat. I can replace rush, cane, willow and seagrass chair seats to keep your beloved chair usable for years.

To give you an accurate quote to fix your chair, you need to know what material was used. We use the term “wicker” to describe woven products rather than the material used to weave them. The images below show the different materials used to weave chairs.

Please note that many older chairs require structural repairs, repainting, or varnishing, which I am not skilled to undertake. Therefore, you will need to complete this work before delivering the chair to me.

Rush chair seating

woven with harvested Rush or pre-twisted rush

After many years, rush chair seating eventually becomes worn and broken, requiring replacement. Rush can be replaced using either pre-twisted rush or the more time-consuming hand-twisted rush. Pre-twisted rush looks the same on the top and bottom since it has been continuously twisted. In contrast, hand-twisted rush appears different on the underside of the chair because the rush is twisted on the top but not on the bottom. For example, the images below show a beautiful child’s rocking chair restored with hand-twisted rush and another child’s chair replaced with pre-twisted rush.

Costs

Large rush carver chair: hand twisted rush £175, pre-twisted rush £110
Standard size rush chair: hand twisted rush £140, pre-twisted rush £90

Cane chair seating

Woven using the six way pattern

The 6-way weave involves interweaving six layers of cane, making it a time-consuming process. As a quicker alternative, you can use sheet cane. To determine whether you have hand-woven or sheet cane, turn your chair upside down. If you see individual holes around the edge, it is hand-woven cane. Conversely, if there is a continuous groove, it is sheet cane. Currently, I only replace hand-woven cane.

Costs

Up to 100 holes £1.30 per hole
Any holes over 100 £1.50 per hole

Seagrass chair seating

A woven with seagrass

Seagrass is a lovely, hard-wearing material, but sometimes it has been used where rush should have been. When you bring a chair to me, I will advise you on the appropriate material for your chair, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Costs

Square checkerboard stool £45

Whole willow seating

A woven with willow rods

Whole willow rod chairs are quite rare, showcasing a variety of willow weaving skills such as scalloms, cranking, and skeining. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to reweave one of these unique chairs. If you would like me to reweave your willow chair, please get in touch.

Costs

£170

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you would like to proceed with a replacement of a chair seat then please email an image of the chair and I can give you a quote.