Hand Caning

Hand Caning

This is the traditional hole-to-hole method of caning the seats and backs of chairs.  Pricing is determined by counting each hole in the frame of the chair.  As a general rule, hand-caned chairs cannot be converted to use pressed cane or visa versa.  


Pressed Caning

An easier to install (and therefore cheaper!) alternative to hand caning.  This method of caning uses machine-woven sheets of caning material that are pressed in place using spline.  As a general rule, hand-caned chairs cannot be converted to use pressed cane or visa versa.  

Fiber Rush

Traditionally woven using natural rush, this method of weaving is distinguished by its use of a round, paper material and the distinctive triangular shapes it creates. 

Danish Cord

Most often found on pricier modern Scandinavian furniture, this method of weaving uses a 3 ply rope-like material and L-shaped nails.

Specialty Projects

The vast majority of chairs will fall under the categories above.  However, I have experience with other, less common techniques, materials, and patterns as well.  I've completed various binding cane weaves (Herringbone, Checkerboard) as well as the "daisy-and-button," "Daisy," and "Spider Weave" caning patterns. Let's discuss what you have!


No two chairs I have ever worked on have been the same.  On occasion, I have encountered situations where more time and repairs than normal are required (such as hidden damage or shortcuts taken by previous weavers).  For this reason, I have found it best to quote projects after I have seen them.  To help you get a general sense, though, most standard hand and track-caned chairs cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100. 

For a free quote, simply send me a photo (with dimensions if possible!) of your project via text or email.   

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