Chair Caning Glossary
A natural fiber, the bark of the rattan vine from the jungles of the Far East. It is stripped from the vines, dried and cut into various widths for weaving.
A mesh of interwoven strands of cane which can be used for seats or seat backs on applications where the outside of the area has holes and not a groove.
Wider and heavier than regular cane. Used as a border trim around the edge of the caned seat to cover the holes.
Cone Shaped wooden pegs for holding cane ends in holes around the outside edge of caned area.
Used in applications where a groove surrounds the caned area.
Hardwood wedges used to temporarily hold cane webbing in groove while inserting spline reed.
Wedge shaped reed in a variety of sizes to hold cane webbing into groove around outside of caned area.
Domestic Twisted Fiber Rush
Strong artificial wicker material used primarily by chair manufacturers.
Hong Kong Grass
Made from twisted sea grass to resemble rope, this material is used in place of rush for chair seating as well as for basket weaving.
A natural reed which is stronger than normal wicker material commonly used in larger pieces of old fashioned living room or porch sets of wicker type furniture. Comes in flat oval, round or flat reed.
The inner core of the rattan vine.
For those who prefer the mellow beauty pf well aged rattan that more closely matches original antique appearance.
Flat Fibre Braid
Our flat braid is made from twisted paper. Excellent for craft projects, antique furniture, wicker repair and basketry.
Round Fibre Braid
Flat braided round reed is great for wicker repair, trim around mirrors, antiques and basketry.
The general term used for rush bottom seats, the material used most frequently is cattail.
Produced from rotary sliced lumber cut into strips the correct width for weaving.
Synthetic Spilt Reed Cane
A lower priced, durable pre-woven material used the same as natural cane.
A general term for a variety of weaving materials including rattan chair cane.
White Fibre Rush
Made from a durable grade of paper twisted into a strand to resemble natural rush. Easy to work.
Used in hand caning process. Acts as a wetting and softening agent.
Tool used to push, wrap, pull and stuff strands together for a rushed seat.
Useful in weaving of fiber rush or sea grass.
Used to clean old holes and is helpful during the last steps of caning when holes are become filled. It is also a great basket weaving tool.
Used for clipping strands of chair cane or reed. Durable and excellent for basket and seat weaving.