Making Chair Seats from Cane, Rush and Other Natural Materials

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Courier Corporation, 1988 - Crafts & Hobbies - 44 pages
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An attractive chair seat, skillfully woven by hand from natural fibers, can do more than merely enhance interior décor. It can also be a source of pride for its creator. Now, with this guidebook written by one of the field's best-known experts — a distinguished faculty member of the New York State College of Human Ecology — do-it-yourselfers can master the fine art of weaving and fabricating chair seats.
Professor Comstock's easy-to-read book, abundantly illustrated with more than 160 step-by-step photographs and drawings, tells how to make seats from a variety of natural materials. Included are intricate patterns woven from cane; sturdy and attractive seats made from twisted strands of rush, rope, Hong Kong grass, and twine; a basket-weave effect created from splints (thin strips of wood); and more.
All aspects of the subject are considered — from selecting materials (including how to gather and dry such fibers as rush) to preparing the chair, equipment needed for various weaving processes, how to warp and weave, and ultimately, how to finish the seat.
Craftworkers looking for a new medium of expression will find this manual an inspirational guide to learning a distinctive craft. Others will want to acquire these skills for their practicality, considering the high costs of professional caning and related techniques.


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Ruth B. Comstock was a Cornell university professor who wrote Cornell Bulletins on many useful home "do it yourself projects" most types of seats covered in this book (which is just a collection of her bulletins) are adequate and you can learn enough to weave a fine chair seat, however she was never a professional chair caner and her directions for a cane bottom chair are incorrect. While it is possible to cane a seat with this book your final product will be less then perfect- unprofessional. Sadly the majority of chairs you see today have these mistakes as a result of Ruth's book. Do yourself a favor and buy the caning book by Jim Widess 

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User Review  - ted2046 - Overstock.com

This is an excellant book. It is detailed and explains in ways the novice or beginner like myself can understand. Highly recommend!!! Read full review

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