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Phone:           07790 984824

Workshop:    01404 850 116

Susan I M Routh   

Malcolm  Routh

Suzandy

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Nr Honiton

Devon

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Information  and  Prices  for  Seat  Weaving

 

 

It is not possible to give definitive prices for re-seating and restoration because each piece of furniture is different.

 

However, a rough guide is given below

 

 

Hand Cane    Blind Caning    Medallions    Loom Cane    Splicing    Staining    Rush    Danish Cord    Seagrass    Lloyd Loom    White Riempies   Raw Riempie  

 

 

March 2017    -     My waiting list/'lead time' is about 3-6 months but I can sometimes squeeze in either a very small job or a very large one to be done over many months.
Please visit http://basketmakersassociation.org.uk/makers/ to find an alternative seat weaver.

HAND CANE

Traditional hand woven cane

The work involved in hand caning increases exponentially with the number of holes in each panel and with it the price of re-caning!

Up to

100  holes

-    £2.00       per frame hole

"     

200   "

-    £2.20                "

"     

300    "

-    £2.40                "

"     

400    "

-    £2.50                "  etc

Caning new Frames for Boat Builders and Cabinet Makers.

Please email  or phone for details.


There can be a reduction in these prices if it is a very simple panel

with less than 75 holes and/or it does not require beading  

- the wider cane which goes around the perimeter of some caned panels.

Blind Caning  -  sometimes known as 'French' or 'secret' caning.

The holes are not drilled all the way through and each piece of cane has to be glued individually into each hole. 

This is very time consuming and the cost reflects this:

Prices for blind caning start at £2.50/hole for up to 100 holes

£2.75 for up to 200 and £3 per hole for over 300. 

See Restoration page for pictures of this

 

Medallions - See opposite

 

These and other complications attract an extra charge, starting from £2.20/hole and £2.75/hole for blind.

 

Loom Cane

Modern chairs are usually seated in loom cane. 

This comes in a pre-woven sheet and is fixed into a groove around the seat frame.

Although it is relatively quick to replace, removing the old cane and glue and cleaning the groove to take the new cane has to be done with great care so as not to damage the surrounding wood.

 

Price

To replace loom cane

From 40p/sq"

Minimum Charge of £80 per panel

 
Splicing

(Patching small holes - see Restoration)

This is only viable for small holes in relatively large areas of cane.

from    £40 + up to £5 per strand replaced

 
Additional Options and Charges:
 

Staining   -  to blend with original or to 'age'

New cane is very white but within 3 or so years begins to mellow to the characteristic yellowy brown. 

It is possible to 'colour' the cane to blend the new with existing panels of old cane.  A perfect match is not possible.

 

£30 for first panel

£15 for second and subsequent panels

 

RUSH  - 

Although we are not doing much rushing at the moment, we are able to get it done by an alternative rusher.

Medium/large coils              from  70 pence per sq inch

Fine coils                              from    80 pence per sq inch

How to work out the cost:

Measure from centre of seat, front to back and side to side.

This works out from at about £120 to £180 for a dining room chair 

There is a minimum charge of £80 for any rush work.

 

Danish Cord, Seagrass, Paper Fibre Rush etc

Price dependent on complexity of design. 

Average price is around £150 per seat

Laced Danish cord has an extra charge because of cost of materials.

Restoring the woodwork on teak Danish chairs:

From £40 per chair depending on how much needs to be done.

 

Repairs to 'Wicker' and Lloyd loom etc

from

£50

 

These prices assume that the frame is solid.  New weavings put a tremendous strain on the frame and any repairs need to be carried out before commencement of weaving.

Any restoration needed will be charged accordingly.

 

 

Riempie  -  white or raw bovine leather thonging from South Africa

 

To re riempie a seat   -   from   £1.50 per frame hole in White or Raw riempie plus the cost of materials.

 

Although the raw riempie is more expensive, there is less wastage.

 

Do It Yourself

Standard  white riempies 4-5mm thick   -   5-6mm wide

5-7ft long - averaging 6ft.   We will send a mix of lengths.

Approximately 4-6 strips needed for a seat with 8-10 holes per side.

 

Price  -  Standard thickness     (above)      £7.25 per strip


Thinned riempies - 3.7mm thick -   5-6mm wide 

4-6ft long  -  averaging 5ft.   We will send a mix of lengths.

Approximately 5-7 strips needed for a seat with 8-10 holes per side

 

 

Price  -   Thinned riempies     (above)     £7.75  per strip

 

All measurements are approximate

 

The easiest way to find out how much you need is to remove the old reimpies and measure how many 6 or 5ft lengths you have.

 

Click here to download a PDF file of instructions for DIY riempieing

 

Raw riempies- Rawhide

This is the correct material to use on antique chairs and needs a very long soak in COLD water before use.

In two widths - approx 6mm and 8mm wide and approx. 2.4mm thick. 

This comes in a continuous length and is much rougher than white riempie and varies from cream to translucent in appearance, giving the appropriate look to antique furniture.

 

6mm wide     =     £4.75 per meter (approx)

8mm wide     =    £5.25 per meter (approx)

 

Rawhide is the traditional material for North American canoes.

 

For payment via Bank transfer (no lower limit):

Email your requirements and I will send you a 'Pro Forma' invoice with BACS details

 

We now accept telephone payment by debit card

for orders over  £15

       

   07790 984824

01404850116

 

DO NOT SEND YOUR CARD DETAILS BY EMAIL

If you prefer, we still welcome Postal Orders or cheques made payable to:

 

 S. ROUTH

Orders Over £200 are post free

Medallion of turned wood in the centre of a 'spider's web' of cane

To make matters more complicated, there was a fillet or spline of wood in the back of the frame under which the loops of the cane are hidden.

This has to be removed, very carefully before any work can commence..

There are 60 holes in both the outer frame and the medallion in the centre of the chair back totalling 120 holes. 

The cane is exceptionally fine - being 1.3mm and 1.6mm wide.

Cleared groove ready for new cane

New loom cane in place

Before and

after Staining

Scirpus lacustris

Fresh water rushes growing in the Thames

 

T

he subtle shades of green, brown and gold of a freshly rushed seat.

As it dries it will become a more even shade of gold.

Dutch and Portuguese rush is a more even golden brown when fresh and doesn't alter so much.

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Seat woven with Danish cord

 

 

Woven Danish cord on a Teak Danish chair.  Designed by Hans Wegner

 

These chairs, especially those with rosewood backs, are becoming increasingly valuable.

 

We now stock 4mm 'laced' Danish cord.  This is more tightly twisted than the normal 'unlaced' and gives a more defined profile.  This is often found on chairs design by Hans Wegner

 

 

See "Before & After" on the Restoration page

 

 

Mr Riempie Romagnola

 

White Riempie profiles

 This shows the difference between the two white riempies

The top is the standard, which has a sort of 'cuboid' profile.

The bottom one is the thinned and has a rectangular profile.

 

 

 

RAW RIEMPIE

Woven raw riempie

Raw riempie coiled

The appearance of raw riempie varies from batch to batch.  Sometimes more translucent/darker/lighter.

As with all natural seat weaving materials, Riempie is a natural product and the appearance cannot be guaranteed to be exactly as shown on the website.  

Infact the latest  batch of raw riempie is nothing like this at all. Much thinner and more rustic looking.  Photo to follow or email me for a sample.

For a sample of any seat-weaving material; please send a stamped self addressed envelope and 2 First Class stamps.

 

Care of caned furniture.

In common with all antique furniture, avoid putting caned chairs etc in hot, dry sunny rooms or next to heat sources.  Low humidity heat will dry out cane and make it brittle.

Cane has a certain amount of stretch or give, which allows for the stress of someone sitting on it.  After some time, the cane will begin to lose its "memory" and  will begin to sag.  When the cane can stretch no more, it will begin to wear against itself and the edges of the chair and strands and will break. 

To prolong the life of a caned seat, tighten the cane periodically.  This is done by wetting the cane with warm water and a sponge on the underside, which is not protected by the glossy bark.  By letting the cane dry slowly overnight, you can, for a few years, restore its original tightness.  However, this procedure will not  restore any of the original suppleness of the cane

All natural seat weaving materials have a finite life.

 

Morris outside the cricket pavilion at Littlewick Green

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