Chair Caning

Have a beloved chair, rocker or stool that needs re-caning?  Old wicker piece that’s come unraveled? Get it repaired at Hayloft Studio.  The timeless skills of chair caning and wicker repair have been passed on to me by my mother.  Thanks Mom! Combine that with my years of experience preserving and restoring historical finishes and your family heirloom is in loving respectful hands at Hayloft Studio.    The going rates can be found on the chair cane pricing page, but it is always best to bring the piece right to me for a clearer estimate.

Hand Woven Strand Cane and Pre-woven Pressed Cane:


Porch Weave:





Rush and Natural hand twisted rush:





Shaker Tape:

Flat reed/Splint:




Danish cord:




Wicker Repair:

pre 19th century Heywood Wakefield wicker furniture:


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Matching Finish:








11 thoughts on “Chair Caning

  1. I am interested in changing my Shaker woven chairs to rush chairs. Can you give me an idea of prices..I have 4 chairs.

    1. Sorry for the delay. Can you send me a picture to Rush is $9 per front inch plus $15 for materials. So if you measure the front rail of the chair and x by 9 you’ll get and idea. Thanks.

  2. I saw your piece in the newspaper, we have not met but I sent a person to you to re-cane her rocker.

  3. Hi Darcy! I have a caned chair seat that’s torn. It’s the pre-woven kind, where a piece is cut from a sheet and glued in. The length and width are roughly 17.5″ and 16″ respectively, at the widest point of each direction. I wonder how much it would cost for you to fix this for me? I don’t know whether I can even afford your beautiful work, but wanted to inquire, all the same. Either way, I’m happy someone is carrying on this tradition here in Western Mass! Thanks!

    1. Hi Emma! Thanks for asking about the repair to your chair. A press chair with those dimensions would total $125.20. Hope that helps. Feel free to email me at if you have any further questions. -Darcy

  4. Hi!
    I have a set of danish chairs that need complete recaning. If I gave you two at a time (I have six in total) how long would it take to do the two chairs? They are classic danish chairs from Carl Hansen, circa 1960.

    1. Hi Eric,
      Thanks for inquiring. I am currently running about a two month turn around time. Once your chairs come up in the queue I can put your other chairs to the head of the line as they come in. Hope this helps.

  5. Ruth Folchman May 25, 2020 — 3:00 pm

    Hi there! Found you via Internet, sent a picture and count of holes for the 6 chairs that I’m about to paint before having caned. Can you give me an idea of how much this would cost and timing? Thanks so much!

  6. I have a kitchen chair that needs recaing. My name is Sandy Maxwell, phone 702-951-7580. Thanks!

    1. I’ll be here until the virus goes away. Caning seems like a wonderful learning opportunity!

      1. Sandy, can you send me a photo via email?
        I can give you a better idea of pricing and timing. Are you local to the pioneer valley? If a phone call is better let me know and I’ll get back to you.

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