Phone:           07790 984824

Susan I M Routh   

Malcolm  Routh


Caning & Furniture

Glebe Farmhouse


Nr Honiton


EX14 3EP

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Information  and  Prices  for  Seat  Weaving


I am retiring from this side of the business, therefore am no longer taking on commissions.

The following is for general information and shows more up to date prices for caning


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




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

From:  £2.50  per frame hole


200   "

From:   £3.00   -            "


300    "

From:   £3.50                "


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 £3.00/hole for up to 100 holes

 £3.50 for up to 200 and £4.00 per hole for over 300. 

See Restoration page for pictures of this


Medallions - See opposite


These and other complications attract an extra charge but it is not possible to give a quote without sight of the piece.  

And don't forget to count the holes around the outside of the medallion as well as those around the edge of the panel!


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.



To replace loom cane

Aprox £150-£180 for a dining chair depending on the time for removing the old cane and glue!

Minimum Charge of £100per panel


(Patching small holes - see Restoration)

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

from    £40 +  £8 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.


£40 for first panel

£20 for second and subsequent panels


RUSH  - 

I am only able to do a limited amount of rushing but can recommed a couple of very good alternative seat weavers in the area.

Medium/large coils              Approx £200 - £300 depending on the size of the seat

Fine coils                             Approx £250 - £350 depending on the size of the seat



Danish Cord, Seagrass, Paper Fibre Rush etc

Price dependent on complexity of design. 

Average price is around £180-£200 per seat


Restoring the woodwork on teak Danish chairs:

From £80 per chair depending on how much needs to be done.




Riempie  -  white or raw bovine leather thonging from South Africa


To re riempie a seat   -   from   £2.00 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

Click here for instructions for white riempie

White riempies approximately 3.5-8mm thick   -   5-6mm wide

5-7ft long - averaging 2m/6/ft.   We will send a mix of lengths.

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


£7.50 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 lengths you have of 6ft or so.


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     =     £5.00 per meter (approx)

8mm wide     =    £5.50 per meter (approx)


Rawhide is the traditional material for North American canoes and snow shoes.


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  £20


   07790 984824




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



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


The 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.

See "Before & After" on the Restoration page



Mr Riempie Romagnola






Woven raw riempie


The appearance of raw riempie varies from batch to batch.  The current batch is like that on the left ie translucent.

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.  


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.


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Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Devon.  EX14 3EP

Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Devon.  EX14 3EP