Cane Work

I use the following method to price cane work which includes the cost of materials:

  • Count the maximum number of holes on two opposing sides of the piece, say 20 x 18 = 360
  • Multiply the result by 0.25 pence for a standard six way weave = £90.00
  • Please note that this equates to a labour rate of about £12 per hour.


RUSH SEATING - Price Guide

Natural Reeled Rush:

  • Small Seat (maximum width up to 35 cm) thick (5mm) reel rush : £60.00
  • Medium Size Seat (maximum width between 35 cm and 40 cm) : £80.00
  • Large Seat: (maximum width over 40 cm) : £100.00

Add £20.00 to the above prices if fine reel rush (3mm dia) is required.

Traditional Natural Rush (Cattail):

  • Small Seat (maximum width up to 35 cm) : £120.00
  • Medium Size Seat (maximumwidth between 35 cm and 40 cm) : £140.00
  • Large Seat: (maximum width over 40 cm) : £180.00

For a detailed explanation of the difference between Natural Reeled Rush and Traditional Natural Rush pleas go to:

Two Black Laquered Chairs

  • Eighteen holes by twentyfive holes (18 x 25) = 450
  • 450 x 0.25 pence = £112.50

Total for both Chairs


The chair illustrated to above has a front rail that is 44 cm wide so falls into the large category and was repaired using 5mm reel rush.
Blind Cane Work

On rare occasions a piece of furniture such as this 17th Century Jardiniere to the right comes to me for repair. The cane work on this (circa) three hundred year old piece is 'blind' caned. This means that the holes for the cane do not go right through the wooden frame, but are drilled to a depth of about one centimetre. As a result each strand of cane has to be glued in place individually. This is a very time consuming process. As a result the cost to undertake such work attracts a higher rate than regular cane work. To estimate the cost of repair, count the number of holes in each panel as per the example above, but multiply the result by 35 pence insead of 25 pence. Add up the cost of each panel (six in this case) to arrive at the total cost for the job.