Summer Class Description

Class #37

Hand Caning: The Seven-Step Method

Lynn Nulicek

July 8 - July 14


instructor imageSociety has 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. 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 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 knowledge of materials necessary to sustain a dying art form—cane and rush work and restoration. 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 $25.

Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $60 for cane, reed, caning pegs, cutters, caning awl and squaring tool
Web: www.chairweave.com

Pricing (per person):
$1015 Dorm Room Package*
$1115 Two-Person Room Package*
$1630 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$600 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals