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Please contact me to discuss your requirements. I am based in Mere, just off the A303.

Cane Work

The chair as received from the customer. A number of strands on the front of the chair are broken and the whole seat is sagging.
Stripped and cleaned ready for re-caning.
The new cane work is now complete. It can be left at this stage to darken naturally over time or treated as in image 4.
The cane work has been stained and sealed to replicate the original - using water based products that do not render the cane brittle and so reduce its life.
Before Repair
After Repair -
Before Repair
After Repair

These two chairs are examples of how the same chair will look before and after re-caning.

To estimate the cost to re-cane chairs I use the following formula:

Multply the maximum number of holes in one direction by the maximum number of holes in the opposite direction and then multiply the result by 25 pence.

So in this case: 18 x 25 = 450

450 x 25 pence = £112.50 (This includes the cost of materials)

Left: Sripped ready for re-caning
Right: The completed job
These two mahogany planter chairs required new rattan sheet fitting to the back and were then taken to an upholsterer to have the seat recovered.
This french style chair required a new seat but the arms had to be removed and replaced to undertake the work.
This silver chair formed part of a bedroom set and the shade of silver (surprisingly there is a huge range) had to match the others rexactly.
All five chair back panels required replacement
As received
Stripped ready for re-caning
The completed job

Rush and Seagrass Work

Replacing the rush seat of this large ladderback chair (above) cost £100.00 using reel rush. Labour accounted for £75.00 and materials £25. Other seat materials are available; such as Paper Fibre Rush of various types and Cordon - straw wrapped sedge grass. This latter material is expensive and the most difficult to use, but is appropriate with some fine antique chairs - in particular those originating from France.

Price Guide

  • Small Size Seats (front rail up to 35 cm) = £60.00
  • Medium Size Seats (front rail between 35 cm and 40 cm) = £80.00
  • Large Size Seats (front rail over 40 cm) = £100.00

Structural repairs (the fitting of new rails, glueing up etc) is charged at £15.00 per hour.

I am happy to provide a free estimate upon inspection.

These two chairs were made from driftwood by Silas Birtwistle "A Table from the Sea's Edge"
A seagrass stool in chequerboard weave