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Phone:           07790 984824

Workshop:    01404 850 116

Susan I M Routh   

Malcolm  Routh


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Nr Honiton


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Cane Kit and Contents

Restoration Kit and Contents - SOLD OUT
  Antique restoration starter kit contents of antique restoration starter kit


Everything needed to complete one bedroom size chair (with up to 90 holes) in the traditional six-way  pattern.


A 'kit' containing starter quantities of traditional antique restoration materials

Kit contains:

Kit contains:   -   from top left:

Two sizes of cane  -  one for the settings and weavings and a wider  one for the crossings

Golf tees -  to hold the cane in place whilst weaving

Wider cane -   for beading the edge, if appropriate.

Centre cane -   for pegging the holes when the weaving is finished

Kits can be made up for any size or number of holes or chairs.

Garnet shellac flakes add to Methylated spirits to make French polish.

Pearl/hide glue - add to water and warm. Reversible.

Tak ragfor removing last traces of dust whilst French polishing

0000 wire wool - use for finishing & between layers of shellac

Vandyke pigment - water soluble crystals, for colouring/staining

Grain filler - used to fill grain and obtain a smooth surface before French polishing

Including Specialist Craft (Dryad) instruction booklet and laminated hints and tips sheet

£32.00  + £5 P&P

Booklet available separately £5 + £1 P&P each

Including basic instructions for the use of each.

The kits have now SOLD OUT but I am able to supple small quantities of shellac, Vandyke crystals, fish and pearl glue.


NB:  Vandyke pigment is made from nut extract

Chair seating book



CHAIR SEATING  Techniques in Cane, Rush, Willow and Cords.

This book is known as the 'Bible' of seat weaving, by three experts in their field   -    Kay Johnson, Olivia Elton Barratt and Mary Butcher

Not always available but worth its weight in gold.

Price £25 + £6.50 P&P if ordered separately

SOLD OUT  I hope to have some more in soon


SPECIALIST CRAFTS Booklets    -   used to be known as 'Dryad'

These little fully coloured instruction booklets give basic introduction to the specified crafts.

 A5 size with 16 pages.

They give basic introduction to these crafts. 

Price £5.00 + £1 P&P each if ordered separately

I believe that these are no longer in print but I still have a good supply

"Whether you are an expert or a complete beginner, Seat Weaving is the perfect handbook for anyone who understands the value of caring for and repairing a well-loved object or enjoys the challenge of making something new."


SEAT WEAVING, by Ricky Holdstock.

This invaluable little book  is packed with 150 pages of superb instructions.

Materials covered include:  rush, cane, paper (Danish) cord, seagrass.

Now out of print, we buy them when we can and currently have 3 in stock all second hand but in good condition.

£10 + £3.50 P&P if ordered separately


THE CANERS HANDBOOK, by Bruce W. Miller and Jim Widess

An American book which gives descriptive guides with step-by-step photographs for restoring cane, rush, splint, Danish cord, rawhide and wicker furniture.


£15 + £5.00 P&P if ordered separately

For payment via Bank transfer (no lower limit):

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

We now accept telephone payment by credit and debit cards for orders over £15



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