Phone:           07790 984824 

Susan I M Routh   

Malcolm  Routh


Caning & Furniture

Glebe Farmhouse


Nr Honiton


EX14 3EP

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News,  Events  &  Links 

Due to the Corona virus, we are no longer able to welcome anyone to our workshop/showroom


 I am now semi-retired and will not be accepting any further commissions.


Mail order is continuing and I hope to start restoring chairs from my collection

as well as pursuing other crafty endeavours.

See the 'Furniture for Sale' page for details or items for sale.

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Riempie, rimpy, rimpi, riempy, rimpie, rhympie or even rempie - however you spell it, if you need some you will have your favourite way and you will know what I am talking about. 


If you don't know - it is a white leather thonging, 4/5mm wide and about 4/5mm thick.  This comes in lengths averaging 2metres and is used mainly on chairs and stools and benches from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Price - 7.50 per strip       

4-5 strips  should be sufficient for most seats

Discount for large purchases.




South African White Riempies


Melplash  Show

Maybe Next Year






We will be taking our cane kits and materials, including plastic 'cane' for canoe seats and raw riempie (rawhide) which is ideal for North American style canoes. 


All our stock of unfinished tapestry panels.


Some steamer chairs and children's'/dolls chairs well as bedroom chairs which are ideal as occasional dining chairs - for your most discerning and delicate guests!



Splendid chap outside our marquee        Our 'pitch' with Morris




Aerial shot of Beale Park


(Aerial Photography by Malcolm Routh - for details email: malcolmrouth[at]


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2010 HD Fairs Poster with our Bubz as the star




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Bubz, Morris and The Lady Rose guarding our pitch at W.W.S.&S.2009


Newbury Show 2011

Another life ago, before we moved to Devon.

Mail Order Prices page

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

We are now all set up to take Credit and Debit cards for orders over 10.

For mail order, you may now telephone us with your order and card details and your parcel will be in the next post.



Do NOT send card details by email.




There will be more West Country links coming over the next few months and years

For a great selection of fabulous crafts visit my Facebook page, which has turned into more of a sharing page than just mine.

Local Links
Brigitte Graham
Cane Corner

Brigitte is the only local seat weaver who I can unreservedly recommend.


 Behind East Budleigh Garage

Lower Budleigh Road
East Budleigh



Phone:   01395 446 616 

Other useful links
As it 'says on the tin' - "all about basket-weaving".  Based in the USA but with world-wide interest.

This interesting link was suggested to me by Michelle Bass on behalf of her daughter, Katie.

Katie is working on her Girl Scout (UK Girl Guide) Arts and Crafts 'Fun Patch' and has been doing some research when she came across my website.
Good luck with your badge Katie.

But remember that craft based skills are not just for fun; they can provide you with a living at the same time as keeping an important part of human culture alive.

Morning Mrs Magpie - Tracy Hare
Stunning jewellery available online.  Opals, pearls and many other gemstones all set in sterling silver.  And a lovely lady to boot!
LJ Conservation and Restoration
Blackhorse Workshop, London.  SE16 6HW
Excellent all round restorer and budding seat weaver!

Christopher Mayor

The Cane and Rush Restoration Company

Based in Caversham, Reading

Chris is an excellent craftsman and super proficient in all aspects of seat weaving.
Knock on Wood - World Musical Instruments
Accousic musical instruments and percussion Instruments from  around the world.
The Ruby Range

Personalised toys and gifts hand-made with you in mind!

From soldier dolls to school ma'ams; bunnies to bears.  If you are looking for something different for that special person of any age. 

Made to order and 'off the shelf'.

The Carbolic Soap Company

Next time you think "I wonder if it's possible to still get ....?" 

Have a look on this website.  Lots of the old names and items to bring a nostalgic tear to the eye.  From Brasso to Burts Bees; laundry starch to Lifebuoy soap: Wintergreens to washboards (and the thimbles and kazoos to go with them)  and Carbolic Soap.

23 Chairs, Reading

Martin Hough

"At 23chairs we specialise in retro vintage furniture, furnishings, home wares and upcycled furniture. We recreate tired and forgotten pieces bringing them back to life with innovative and contemporary designs or sympathetically restore to bring back its true beauty. At 23 chairs we have a diverse and eclectic range, with a running theme of great design, and quality craftsmanship. By reinvesting in Retro, vintage or upcycled furniture we can reduce, reuse and help the environment."


Martin is also an excellent cabinet maker/restorer and  a deft hand with the Danish cord.

Barefoot Leather of Ludlow, Shropshire

Unique craftsman made leather products

"If you would like a hand made leather bag, hand crafted leather belt or custom made leather guitar strap made by an old fashioned Shropshire craftsman, then you have reached the right place."

Steve Kenward has been up and down the country photographing craftsmen;  aiming to put on a major exhibition under the title "Made Not Manufactured" 

Steve would still like to photograph a bowl turner, boat builder, bell founder, bowyer and fletcher, candle maker, coach builder, cooper, coracle maker, dry stone waller, enameller, etcher, farrier, furniture maker/restorer, gunsmith, jeweller/silversmith/goldsmith, shoemaker, slate worker, swordsmith, tailor, tanner, taxidermist, wood carver/turner, lace maker, leatherworker, net maker, papermaker, rope maker, saddler.

Contact him through his website opposite.  See if you can find 'yours truly'

Heritage Craft Association - President HRH The Prince of Wales

The Heritage Crafts Association has been formed to support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage

Antiques are Green

Invest in the future - recycle the past    

Alistair R Price

Furniture restorer, cabinet and chair maker par excellence.

White Waltham,  Berks

Whites Upholstery - Bespoke Works

Daniel White

Excellent upholsterer, specialises in car and aeroplane upholstery as well as domestic.

We are very pleased with the new seats in our Heinkel Trojan Bubblecar.  Visit his website to see them.


Maidenhead Berkshire

07827 450313

BAFRA  -  The British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association

To find an accredited restorer near you, look at the search facility.


Lots of information about antiques and restoration.


Basketmakers Association

Look at their Business Register to find a seat weaver or basketmaker near you, also details of courses.




Bury Court Antiques

18th, 19th & 20th Century Antiques

White Waltham

Lyons Restoration

Furniture Restoration and Upholstery

Wooburn Green

Stripey Basket

Chris Brewster  -  Maker of Contemporary Functional Baskets

Cane and Rush Seating Tuition. 



Lesley Sherman

"My still lives tend to be in cool calm colours and the landscapes sometimes emerge in vivid exciting tones and semi-abstract."

Nigel Carren of England

Armourer.  Historic European armour recreated and restored


River Bank Boats

John and Nancy Caschere


Attractive and elegant, yet practical boats


The Wicker Woman

Excellent American website full of information and links to all aspects of seat weaving and basket making.

Have a look at the Forum - you will probably find the answer to any question you might have - or ask one yourself.




Somic  Textiles, Cords and Yarn

Founded in 1923 in Preston, England by Thomas Blackburn and now headed by the third generation of the family, Somic is a privately owned PLC which specialises in the spinning, twisting and braiding of paper, the weaving of paper and the coating of textiles, all on its own 7 acre site in Preston.

The main raw material used is high grade spinning Kraft paper derived from ecologically grown farmed forests, which produces a long fibre spun paper yarn which as well as being strong, hard wearing and virtually dust free is also biodegradable and recyclable. Other materials include tissue containing recycled pulp and polymers of various types.

Denver Windmill,  Sluice Road,  Denver,  Downham Market,  Norfolk.  PE38 0EG

The last commercially working windmill in Norfolk.  Fantastic place, delicious sandwiches, cakes, bread, flour.  And a very warm welcome on a cold March day having driven for 100s of miles.


We are now all set up to take Credit and Debit cards for orders over 10

For mail order, you may now telephone us with your order and card details.



For payment via Bank transfer (no lower limit):

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





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Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Devon.  EX14 3EP

Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Devon.  EX14 3EP