Hank's Cane & Rush Restoration
Our passion is restoring memories one chair at a time. We would love to hear your story!
Hank's will be closed July 4 - July 13
The Clearing Folk School in Door County WI has invited us to teach hand caning.
Please leave a message and we will get back to you on July 14.
Please call us to schedule a quote for your project
Before and After
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Our Products and Services
We specialize in the art of seat weaving such as:
hand caning, pressed cane, rush, danish cord, splint, shaker tape and others
Hand Strand Caning
The most commonly used caning process is the Seven Step Method. This method provides the sturdiest chair seat. As you can see in the picture, holes are evenly drilled along the rails of the chair. The cane passes through the hole 7 times. Different variations such as Blind Caning, round or semi round chairs impact the pricing of hand caned chairs, because of added difficulty in the Seven Step Method.
No Knot Caning
At Hank's, we specialize in No Knot Caning. Usually you will find knots on the underside of your hand caned chair. We weave the cane into the top of the chair producing a neater finish.
The seat weaver must make certain changes to the 7 Step Method when weaving a chair with curved rails on the seat and back. The steps are the same, however done in a different order to maintain the contour of the rails.
Blind Cane with Medallion
Blind or French caning is when the holes are not drilled through the wood frame of the chair. This type of caning is often found on European chair backs. There are no loops showing on the back leaving a clean professional finish.
Fiber rush is a paper fiber that is durable and strong when woven. Natural rush is made from twisted cattail leaves and is more difficult to work with. Most chairs are done with fiber rush unless an antique chair is to be restored to museum quality.
Danish cord is a heavy duty, 3-ply twisted product. These chairs have a single or split side rail. It is woven using L-shaped nails on the underside of the side rails.
New England Porch Weave
New England Porch Weave is done with 6 millimeter binder cane. This weave is done around the rails of the chair, like splint, rush and danish cord.
Shaker Tape is a sturdy, heavy, cotton webbing. Shaker Tape is woven around the chair rails like splint and rush. Seat weaving with shaker tape dates back to the 1830's when the Shakers used the tape to make beautifully colored designs.
Pressed, Machine, or Cane Webbing are all terms used to describe cane that is woven on a powerful loom. This type if cane is the least expensive to replace. It is purchased much like you would fabric from a bolt.
Herringbone Weave is usually done with wider cane, splint and Shaker tape. The weave is commonly found on porch chairs or porch rockers.
"Don't throw that chair away before talking to us first" ~Lynn