About Me, Ben

Gotta Keep this Kid Busy!

In an effort to keep her hyperactive son to sit still for a little while, my mother taught me to cane when I was 10.  Little did she know that that first 4-H project (which she still uses!) would start a life-long passion for mastering the craft.  


Over the next 20 years, I slowly honed my craft on friends' and family's furniture, lonely chairs that my family would find at the Kiwanis sale in Ann Arbor, and basically anything else I could get my hands on that needed to be repaired.  Periodically, I'd add new designs, techniques, and materials to my portfolio.  Eventually, though, my wife very gently had to put her foot down. A single house can only fit so many caned and woven chairs.

So Here We Are

It's at this point that I decided to make this website and offer my services to others.  My goals are:

  • Absolute customer satisfaction.  

  • Affordable and fair pricing

  • The creation/restoration of cherished heirlooms and pieces of history

Ernst Chair Caning and Seat Weaving
 1 (517) 672-0008
319 E. Duncan St. Manchester, Mi