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Chair caning has a long history dating back 4000 B.C. China is considered the originator of the caned chair. Rush specimens were found in the tombs of Egypt. Cane itself is the hard outer bark of the rattan palm. Following World War I, a new product made of tough-grade paper fiber twisted to resemble natural rush came on the market and was used for chairs.

Your woven furniture needs proper care for long life. Avoid placing cane objects in hot, dry sunny rooms or near heaters. Low humidity heat causes the cane or reed to dry and become brittle. To lengthen its life, cane can be moistened on the underside with a damp sponge or rag, even hosed done, however too much water will damage the wood of the chair. By moistening and letting it dry overnight, the cane will tighten and restore the original tightness.

Once or twice a year apply lemon oil or Danish furniture oil to the underside of the cane. After 15 minutes wipe away excess oil.

Our shop technicians do the following types of cane: Hand cane, Rush, Log Cabin Weave and Factory or machine cane

We offer opportunities to enhance individual economic and personal independence through jobs within the center cleaning and caning chairs.

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