Hand Caning: The Seven-Step Method
July 4 - July 10, 2021
We’ve been using wicker-type furniture since the earliest days of civilization. Natural rush furniture has been found in Egyptian tombs dating from 4000 BC, and it’s thought that hand-caning originated in China centuries before Europeans crafted their first caned furniture.
Now is your chance to repair that antique chair in your basement, garage or attic! Class will begin with a short history of different types of seat weaving and various uses of the rattan palm. While Lynn will discuss multiple weave patterns, the focus will be on learning the basic seven-step method of hand-caning. During the week, you will work on removing the old cane before weaving new cane onto your chair. (Please note that it’s important not to remove the old cane before class.) If you don’t have a chair to bring to class, you can find inexpensive ones at thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales.
Lynn will contact you prior to class to discuss chair selection and answer your questions. If you don’t have a chair, and are having a difficult time finding one, Lynn can help you. (Contact The Clearing to get Lynn’s contact information.) The only tool you should bring along to class is a needle-nose pliers. Lynn will have all of the other tools.
Lynn Nulicek is a former bookstore general manager who now satisfies her personal creative passions through chair weaving as owner and operator of Hank’s Cane & Rush Restoration in Aurora, Illinois. Predominantly self-taught, Lynn has mastered many of the weave patterns and the knowledge of materials necessary to sustain a dying art form—cane and rush work and restoration. She serves as a member-at-large on the Seatweavers’ Guild Board. Lynn is a mother and grandmother dedicated to her family and friends. It is her commitment to relationships and family traditions that fosters her desire to preserve generational memories. As Lynn likes to say, “Every chair has a story to tell.”
Notes: You might like the book The Caner’s Handbook. It’s available at multiple sources online but is not necessary for this class. Also, if Lynn brings a chair for you, the usual price is $20 to $40, payable to Lynn during class.
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $30 to $60 for cane, reed, caning pegs, cutters, caning awl and squaring tool, payable to Lynn during class (Previous students may bring their tools and only pay $30 for the cane.)
Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 5 meals