Matthew Crawford Furniture Restoration
There are two main types of cane - ready-woven, which comes on a roll and is glued into your chair seat or back. It has been commonly used since around the 1950s and contemporary chairs are likely to be caned using this method. Ready woven cane is charged per panel up to a maximum size of 60cms square.
Hand woven cane (sometimes known as French caning),is threaded, as the name suggests, by hand, through holes that have been drilled around the edge of the seat frame or other area that needs caning. Hand caning is charged per hole.
In order to calculate the cost of hand caning your seat or other panel, simply count the holes around the edge of the frame - not the holes that the pattern of the cane makes - just the drilled holes around the edge through which the cane is threaded. The holes on all 4 sides must be counted. The dimensions of the seat or other panel are not relevant. Once you've ascertained how many holes there are, email or telephone us with that number and we will let you know the relevant cost per hole, plus VAT.
nB. For Bergére chairs and sofas, the sides and back can sometimes share holes - which can mean that although only an arm may be damaged, it might be impossible to recane without also doing the back and other arm. This isn't always the case, but it's as well to bear in mind. There is also a technique known as 'blind' caning which means that the holes are not drilled completely through the frame - in this case, the cost per hole increases as does the degree of difficulty.
If you would like your newly caned seat or panel to look a little less new and better blend with other, original areas, please let us know, as new cane is very light in tone.
Several other things to bear in mind...
Occasionally, when the old cane is removed, we find that it was the cane that was actually holding the frame together and the joints are loose. In this case, some remedial regluing work will be necessary before the recaning can be carried out and which will cost a little extra. If any joints are actually broken, this can cost more. Caning puts a huge amount of stress on the frame and the joints need to be strong and firmly glued before we can proceed.
Our caner comes to London once a month or 6 weeks to collect any work that needs doing. That means that if we have your chair in our workshop coinciding with his visit, the turn around time is usually about month or so. However, if he's just visited us a day or so beforehand, the lead time will be 2 -3 months.
If any of the foregoing does not answer your questions, why not email photographs of your chair and we can chat further about it?