PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
Woven from individual strands into holes that do not go through the wood. From the back, you can't see any cane. This technique is used for backs, but rarely seats. I use nails to hold the cane in place before and while gluing.
Woven from individual strands into holes that do go through the wood. From the back / bottom you can see where the cane has been woven through the wood and back to the front / top.
Many patterns may be woven using wood splints or flat reed. This example is herringbone 2 x 2 using 5/8 inch reed
The cane is purchased pre-woven and pressed into a groove with cane spline. The spline is glued to hold it into place.
Danish cord , like rush, is a pressed paper product. It is woven with or without nails on the underside, and It may be woven into a variety of patterns.
Fibre Rush is a pressed paper product that roughly imitates natural bulrush and is much more affordable. My seats are stuffed with natural cattail to give them a feel and shape that more closely resembles natural rush.
Lori Burris has operated Derryberry Wood Works / PSL Caner from her home in Port Saint Lucie since 1995. The woodworking, once the focus, now provides the tools and know how to repair broken and worn parts. If you require meticulous restoration of your antique chairs and other small items, PSL Caner is the place you've been looking for.
PSL Caner / Derryberry Wood Works
furniture repair, antique restoration
Serving Florida's East Coast
Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port Saint Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jupiter, West Palm Beach
Natural Bulrush is the original material used to "rush" a seat. It is collected locally from slow moving shallow water. In Florida, that means wading with the gators to collect it! The end result is worth the trouble, but the process is costly and generally only used for valuable antiques.
This product most closely resembles natural bulrush. It is commercially available and much more reasonably priced.