Choosing a Seat Weaver
Cost is not the only driving factor when it comes to choosing a seat weaver for your beloved antique.
There are other factors that also need to be considered. Here is a check list of what to look for in a seat weaver:
- How long has the weaver been weaving seats? Make sure that you find someone with many, many years of experience. Only experience, with replacing many different types of seats, makes for a good weaver.
- Are they self-taught or did they learn from an experienced seat weaver? Self-taught is fine, however, look for someone that has learned from an experienced weaver. There are many "little" things that can't be learned from a book or on your own. I have over 30 years of experience and I learned from my Mother and Grandfather! Both were professional caners.
- Do they have photos of their work? It's VERY important to see their actual work. Please go to my PHOTO GALLERY and view samples of my work. Also, visit me on my Facebook page, This Old Seat. I have lots of photos on Facebook!
- What types of seats do they weave? Make sure that they have replaced your type of seat.
- Do they demonstrate? Demonstrations allow you to meet your weaver and see their work in progress. I love to demonstrate and talk to people about chair caning. Please see my EVENTS page for demonstration locations and hours.
- Do they stand behind their work? We stand behind all our work. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We want satisfied customers! Happy customers are the best advertisement!
Not All Seat Weavers Are Created Equal!
Listed below are some VERY poor examples of seats woven by people who called themselves seat weavers.
I had a customer come to me with a cute little stool she had as a child in the 1930's.
It was a lovely little stool as you can see from the first photo. This was the only photo
I had to go by to recreate the seat for her.
She took the stool, to another seat weaver, to have the seat replaced. She came back with this....
She was devastated! She came to me to see if I could recreate the original.
Here is the finished seat, I completed. She was elated!
She cried and cried! She was so happy!
I couldn't have been happier.
This is why I do what I do.
I love restoring memories!
This is a funny little chair. I guess someone thought they could cane!
I never replaced the seat. Love it just the way it is.
Not only is the seat awful, but they decided to thoroughly
paint the entire chair and seat a lovely sea green!
I take this chair with me to demonstrations. It's an example of how NOT to cane a chair!
I guess they didn't know what to do with the ends!
From bad to worse! Below were a set of two beautiful chairs, I spied in the antiques shop.
The dealer wanted way too much for the chairs.
The sad part, the antique dealer didn't even know it was a bad caning job!
To put it bluntly, the seats are bad!
The weave isn't even close to being the appropriate 6 step weave.
I guess they also decided to use some hot glue in the holes to hold in the cane!
Yikes! VERY, VERY, BAD!!!!!