Last week I had the opportunity to attend an informal meeting of the professional refinishers’ group at the shop of Martin O’Brien, well-known Winston Salem conservator and cabinetmaker. One of the presenters was Brandy Clements of the Silver River Center for Chair Caning in Asheville, NC. She is the first person named Brandy I’ve ever met, male of female, Thankfully it was Brandy and not Brandi or Brandee. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Ms. Clements demonstrated both caning and weaving techniques and gave background information on different materials and the history of each. Good stuff all.
Needing to make this blog about me, I went into the archives to see if I had and pictures of chairs with caned or woven seats. Turns out I found 110 pictures without raising a blister. Pointing and clicking can be painful.
I’ve largely avoided becoming too involved in chairs because, to paraphrase a popular poet/philosopher, “Who knew chairs would be hard?” There’s so many different types of them. Casework is comparatively simple by comparison.
What I found were some fancy seats:
Some very nice chairs:
Some better than nice chairs:
Some utilitarian chairs:
Some chairs with stretched leather seats:
Chairs of all sizes:
And finally no collection would be complete without a chair from the Far East:
The whole set is available for your viewing pleasure HERE.