November 30, 2018

Caning Two of My Antique Chairs

Before holiday gatherings, it’s always a good idea to take stock of any furniture that may need repairing.

A few weeks prior to Thanksgiving, I decided two of my antique dining chairs needed to be re-caned. Caning is a method of weaving furniture seats using the shiny, glossy skin or inner bark from the vine of the rattan palm, Calamus Rotang. Rattan is native to Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. I sent the chairs to Yorkville Caning Furniture Repair Inc. in New York City - a 132-year old business that specializes in traditional hand caning, French hand caning, machine caning, rush, splint, and wicker repair. I first brought my chairs to Yorkville more than 20-years ago, and featured them on my television show, “Living”. The owners, Nelly Taveras and Oscar Velez, along with craftsman, Danny Rivera, took great care of my chairs and completed the job just in time for Thanksgiving. 

Enjoy these photos.