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by Randy & Brandy S Keeling

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A Cane Wood & Wicker Fixer

by Randy & Brandy S Keeling

New Old Vintage Antique

Below is a list of our most common jobs. If your piece doesn't fall under a listed catagory, or you're not sure,

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  We Repair and Recane Furniture & Antiques with

In Tigard / Portland, Oregon, Near Washington Square.

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Our History (How we got to here!)

     A Cane Wood & Wicker Fixer is dedicated to providing the best Caning, Rush, Rattan Wrapping, Splint, Danish Cord, and Rawhide Furniture repair service!  I have been doing this work since 1975, Over 30 years!  Growing up working in my Families Wicker & Rattan Furniture store, in Southern California, we sold many different raw supplies for people to fix their own furniture.  When I was 22, I bought a set of Pressback Antique Oak Press Cane dining room chairs, needing to be re-caned. I figured now I would see if I knew what I was talking about to customers with regards to how to do these repairs with the materials we sold...  Turned out I like the process of  Re-Caning chairs & working with my hands a lot more than working in the Retail Business World!  So when people asked where they could have their chairs recaned or fixed, I said "I can do it for you...!"

   For years I continued running both the store during the day, and doing my repair service at night. I eventually left the retail store in 1988, and opened my first repair shop in Orange Calif. I then did repairs to Cane, Wicker, & Rattan Furniture full time & the Business grew quite rapidly.  After 2 years of it though, I decided Southern California, was too sunny and crowded for me. I thought about Las Vegas, Nevada TOO HOT! Idaho TOO much winter. Wyoming & Montana just seemed a little too far removed for me! Finally I decided & moved to Tigard (Portland) Oregon in 1990. Now in 2012, I am still Caning Chairs & Fixing Wicker!

This site was created to;

  • Provide a way to showcase the different types of work I do,
  • Learn about what I do, and see what the various forms of work I do are called,
  • See pictures of what my work looks like, and
  • Get an idea about how your piece of furniture might be able to look again! 

Thank you,  Randy & Brandy


"Sitting Thru It? I'll Re- Do It!"

                       

CONTACT RANDY KEELING
A Cane Wood & Wicker Fixer ~~

Call me At ~ 503-684-5760

11740 SW Gallo / Tigard, Oregon (Near Portland) 97223

Email  me: To Email-Me- Click Here!  

See Below for Examples of what we do. Click headings for more Detailed Information & Pictures...


    How do you - I fix or repair chairs with cane, rush, Danish cord, splint, rawhide?

    How to fix or repair chairs with cane, rush, Danish cord, splint, rawhide?

Hand Cane And Press Caning  <--Click for more information

Teak Cabinet doors with caning, from a Yacht in Hawaii

  Caning; basically refers to seats woven out of very thin strips, (1/16”to 1/8 ”) of the protective glossy outer bark of Rattan.   Traditionally when woven, they create a pattern of small octagonal shaped holes about a 1/4” in diameter, (about the size of a yellow pencil).  There are both smaller & larger meshes of this pattern, as well as some straight back & forth designs, and some with little square holes in them.

   Primarily, there are two different ways cane is installed in furniture.  The first and oldest method is called “HAND CANNING,” having ties back to Egyptian times.  It is done in seats having a series of small holes drilled around its’ perimeter.  The holes might be 1/8” to 5/16” and are spaced from 3/8” to 3/4”.  Then narrow strips of cane are woven strand by strand in and out the holes, back & forth across the chair creating the “caned” seat!  A seat woven like this may take 8-20 hours to re cane.

  The second form of caning put in furniture is called, “PRESS CANING Or MACHINE CANING”.  This differs from “HAND CANING” by the chair having a narrow groove going around its’ perimeter.  With this method, the cane material is purchased pre-woven, pressed into the groove, and then a wedge shaped strip of molding called spline is forced down into the groove tightly holding the cane into it.  This method is very similar to the way a screen is installed into a screened window.

  In its natural state, cane has a light color I often describe like vanilla ice cream, hay/straw, or ivory.  It may be stained or colored, to give it a darker color if desired.

   One of the most common questions I’m always asked is, “What can I do to make my cane last longer?” For most people, cane seats last between 5 to 15 years, while backs may last 3 times that.  The biggest enemy of Cane is dryness.  So, especially if you live in dry climates, take a plant mister, and spray the bottom of your cane seat from time to time.  Dry the wood off around the cane with a towel, and let the cane dry naturally.  This will help keep your cane soft and pliable, instead of brittle and dried out.

 Breuer or Breur chairs originally created by Marcel Breuer, are very popular chairs often needing a recaned seat.

Click for Hand Cane And Press Caning Gallery Page


Rush Seats  <--Click for more information

  Rush seats; have nothing to do with how fast a seat is done!  As a matter of fact, they are one of the slowest, difficult, and most time consuming seats to re-weave.  A rush seat has a cord -string or rope like material wrapped around four dowels framing the square of a seat, in a pattern I describe as creating four triangles whose points come together in the center.  They require a lot of pulling, tugging, and adjusting to complete a beautiful rush seat.  The Hands get a real workout doing these.

    Originally, Rush got its name from the “Bull Rush Cattail leaves,” growing around marshy riverbeds or duck ponds.  During the fall, leaves are harvested and stored to dry in barns. They require being turned over, every once in a while to keep them from molding & to facilitate their even drying.  To weave a rush seat, the now dried leaves are soaked in hot water 4-6 hours, & run through an old clothes ringer forcing the air from the cells of the leaves.  Next a leaf would be attached to the side of the chair,  and 2-3 more leaves are continually added & twisted together throughout the entire seat weaving process, in an over under around and through pattern until the 4 triangles are formed the entire seat area is filled in.  As you might imagine, this is an extremely long process!

    Fortunately, before the turn of the 1900’s, a man made product was created which looks very similar to natural rush!  It is made out of heavy brown craft paper, similar to the color brown paper bags.  It comes in long “pre-twisted” coils from 2 to 50 lbs, and is far less labor-intensive to re-rush a seat with.  I feel it is actually more durable than the natural rush, as it does not dry out & become brittle like real rush does.

    Rush seats like these may last 30-60 years, of course there are always people who can wear one out in 10 years.  In the olden days in between the top and bottom layers of rush, old newspapers were often stuffed in the hollow areas creating a firmer or “padded” seat.  When I find these, I can hardly wait to carefully extricate these old papers and find dates to give me a good idea of when the chair was rushed!  I’ve found some from the late 1800’s and many through the early 1900's.  Sometimes even old comics were used, they are a real treat to find!  Today we use corrugated cardboard box material, which seems to hold its shape better & gives a more solid durable seat to last for many years!

      Little care is needed for one of these seats.  Initially I tell customers to spray several coats of Scotch Guard Spray on them to help keep the rush from absorbing satins.  A simple vacuuming once in a while is about all that is ever necessary.  Some people want to stain or color these seats, but I caution against this practice, as it always seems to wear off, leaving a cracked & splotchy look to the seat.  I prefer to leave them natural, and allow them to age & color on their own.

       Currently Re-cording most Rush Seats costs somewhere between $135.00-$285.00.  Some chairs like Windsor Chairs must be taken apart to be re-rushed, which adds some extra costs for taking the chair apart & putting it back together...  It can take a long day to do a rush chair!  There is a lot of pulling, twisting, packing the cords, cutting & fitting the cardboard to fit into the two layers of rush.  My hands get a real workout doing one of these!

Click for Rush Seats Gallery Page


Danish Cord Weaves  <--Click for more information

Danish Cord During the 1940’s famous furniture designer Hans Wegner "(pronounced)" Wagner came up with many beautiful designs in furniture pioneering the “Danish Modern Era.”  Much of his incredible work was made from exotic Teak, and Rosewood.  These very Classic Danish or Scandinavian chairs often had seats woven out of a 3 ply twisted paper cord material about 4/32” commonly called “Danish Cord.” Another popular maker of these famous Danish Scandinavian chairs was Moller or Mollar.

  These cords were strung in pairs from front to back, while another pair was woven side to side over and under the cords which went from front to back.  These seats were very durable and long lasting.  Many times these chairs I get are being done for the first time after 30 to 40 years!

   As time passed, several varieties of these chairs evolved, as well as some cheap imitation knockoffs.

  Two distinct ways of attaching these cords were done on the original chairs.  The Primary difference is way the cords are attached to the sides.  They are either done having the cord wrapped in pairs around a second lower bar on side, in an almost figure-eight pattern, or the cord is looped over the side seat bar around these odd looking “L” shaped nails along the inside rail underneath.  In later "knockoff methods" (cheaper and faster versions), the cords were stapled onto the chairs!  These chairs are not fun to remove the staples from.

  Of all the seats I re-weave, Danish Re-Cording creates one of the most beautiful Seats.  A new Danish Cord Seat makes the chairs look almost like they did when they were new!

   Little care is needed for these seats.  Initially I tell customers to spray several coats of Scotch Guard Spray on them to help keep the cord from absorbing satins.  A simple vacuuming once in a while is about all that is ever necessary.  Some people want to stain or color these seats, but I always caution against this practice, as it always seems to wear and crack away over time leaving a splotchy look to the seat.  I prefer to leave them to age & color on their own

   Currently Re-cording most Danish Dining Chairs costs somewhere between $120.00-$225.00.  It can take most of a day to do one of these.  There is a lot of pulling, tugging, and packing the cords & the hands get a real workout doing these!

  Please go to our Danish Cord Weaves Page to see more pictures of Danish Corded Chairs, like the Folding Chair & Stool we recently did for a lady in Virginia. Also see other types of Danish Chairs we do. Danish Chairs done with 1/4"-3/8" Rattan Strips Called "Rattan Peel," as it is the bark peeled off Rattan.

 


Cushion Pillow Support for Danish Chairs

Type # 1~ (Sorry, No longer Available)

   Some Danish Chairs have a coil spring coated with a Rubber ~ Vinyl ~ Plastic coating over this 1/8" spring / cable that appears to be continuous loop, but actually has a little tiny screw about 3/4" long that has threads going in opposite directions on each side. This special screw holds the two ends  of the spring together and is then placed in special radial track groove at the sides of the chair to hold up the cushions up.

   Truthfully, its hard to believe it works but it does! If some of your springs are broken we can replace them for you, providing you still have the tiny little screw. If it is lost you may be out of luck! Sometimes we have been able to acquire a few but that is only a "MAYBE!" Sorry, neither the springs or the screws are available any longer.

 


Cushion Pillow Support for Danish Chairs

Type # 2~

   Some Danish Chairs have a special type of 2" tan / light brown Pirelli rubber webbing which is stretched across the seat and stapled or tacked to the sides and front of the chair to hold up a cushion. For extra support the rubber straps are woven over under over under each other.

  On some "Fancier" models there is a type of two part metal clip that attaches to each end of the strap, then a special mating clip is attached to the chair.

   If the rubber on your chairs is broken or has lost its ability to hold a cushion up, we can replace these for you.

   On some "Fancier" models there is a type of two part metal clip that attaches to each end of the strap, then a special mating clip is attached to the chair.

On Other chairs, there is a little 1/8" groove going around the frame. The end of the rubber has a flat metal piece attached to it which then locks down into the groove on both sides at an angle.

 

   If the rubber on your chairs is broken or has lost its ability to hold a cushion up, we can replace these for you. We can also sell you the rubber webbing and clips like above to do it yourself.

 

Click for Danish Cord Weaves Gallery Page 


Splint Woven Seats  <--Click for more information

Rattan Splint make the ideal woven splint style seat!

Splint is obtained from native ash or hickory, and from tropical palm trees.  Native splint is cut from selected second-year growth timber having very straight grain.  Ash splints are then machine cut to a uniform width, and wear very well.  Hickory splints vary slightly in width, giving a pleasing more rustic hand done effect.

  Rattan Flat Reed Splint is a flat woody material cut from the inside of the rattan palm, used for splint seated chairs, basketry, and weaving country style chair seats.  Traditionally splint was oak, ash, or hickory; today flat rattan reed is often substituted.  

   The tropical rattan palm tree from which materials like splint are made grows in the China, India, Ceylon, and the Malay Peninsula.  Without its leaves it is known commercially as rattan.  The outer bark, stripped in different widths, is sold as cane; the core is split into round and flat strips of different thicknesses and widths, and is called reed.

 

Paper Splint is a heavy paper like used in "Fiber Rush" that is hear folded into various widths to be used in the same applications as real splint.  It is often used today for ease of application & economy. It wares surprisingly long, & does have a woody look to it. It comes in a variety of widths, & is readily available all year round.

 

Click for  Splint Woven Seats Gallery Page


Rawhide or Raw Hide Seats  <--Click for more information

  Rawhide is 3/8" wide and very thick.  It is cut from tough steer hide especially saved for chair seats.  We try to use a continuous strand for each chair approximately (30') but sometimes a splice is necessary.  We must soak the rawhide  in 110 degree warm water for 6-8 hours, so it will stretch sufficiently to weave a tight mule eared chair seat.  This is the exact same material that your dog's "rawhide" chew toy bones are made from! After all the soaking, the material is just about right for stretching over a chair frame when it reaches the same consistency as when "Rover" has been chewing on the chew bone all evening..!  A slimy material, very fun to work with!

Click for Rawhide or Raw Hide Seats Gallery Page


How do you fix or repair wicker or rattan furniture?

Wicker Rattan & Wrappings <--Click for more information

  RATTAN is a type of climbing palm plant, which grows primarily in the tropical regions of Indonesia and China.  The outer bark or skin of the long climbing vine is removed from the rattan pole, and cut into very thin strips to become "CANE" for cane chair seats.  It has a very shiny surface, is extremely strong, and creates a beautiful chair seat that will endure for years.
 
WICKER is a term basically given to anything woven out a grown material.  After the bark is removed, what is left is called the "core."  This material is often used in making the frames of RATTAN FURNITURE, or may be further milled into various diameters of round material commonly called ROUND REEDS in many widths and diameters 1/16" up to 5/8", or into half round, oval or flat strips called "FLAT or FLAT OVAL REEDS."  Whenever these materials are then "WOVEN",  a piece of "WICKER" is created.  Technically this would be called rattan wicker.  Other Plants used in creating "WICKER," items are Bamboo & Willow.

  WICKER FURNITURE, has been with us for many generations. Wicker, rattan and cane are materials used in various  types of furniture making, baskets and other purposes, both decorative and functional.

Currently I charge $50.00 an hour for Wicker Repairs

Click for Wicker Rattan & Wrappings Gallery Page


Rattan Wrappings, Bindings & Joints  <--Click for more information

 

  Most RATTAN FURNITURE pieces have  joints wrapped with thin strips of rattan cane binding material about 1/4" wide.  Often this wrapping is more decorative, than it is actually involved in holding a piece together.  Sometimes however these wrappings over the years have a way of loosening & unwinding themselves, or becoming worn, frayed. and damaged. We can repair, re-glue, tighten & replace missing wrappings, to make these pieces look beautiful again.

Click for Rattan Wrappings, Bindings & Joints Gallery Page

A Recent little Sterling Silver Tea Pot ( teapot) with a rattan cane wrapped handle, used the same wrapping material as used for wrapping Rattan Furniture Joints, only smaller.


Wood Repairs  <--Click for more information

   Wood Repairs There are about as many kinds of wood repairs, as there are kinds of furniture!  We do re-gluing of chairs which we will be doing some type of re-weaving on. We can replace dowels and do other minor wood repairs. We do not consider ourselves to be a full service wood repair shop or a "Furniture Refinisher." However we are very glad to recommend other refinishers we know of in the area for refinishing your item.  One of our more fun wood repairs, was giving this fine hand carved wooden horse a new ear...  This was a very satisfying job... Hopefully, for the horse too, as we did not here any complaints from him!

Click for Wood Repairs Gallery Page


CONTACT RANDY or Brandy KEELING
A Cane Wood & Wicker Fixer ~~

Call Me At ~ 503-684-5760

11740 SW Gallo / Tigard, Oregon (Near Portland) 97223

In the Incredible Fabulous Pacific Northwest, USA

                       To Email-Me- Click Here!  

Contact me At~ CaneFixer@ACaneAndWickerFixer.com


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