Rhonda Voos, Master Caner (left) Arlene Szczarba (right)
Association of Artisans to Cane
The Association of Artisans to Cane, a social enterprise of Marrakech, Inc. has been serving Connecticut and providing employment opportunities for people of all abilities for 30 years. Artisans learn many different styles of seat weaving and use these skills to work on chairs that are dropped off for repair by community members. Chairs that have been donated and repaired are also available for sale in our retail space.
Artisans are trained in the craft of chair seat weaving through hands-on learning, working on pieces with oversight of a Master caner. The artisans progress at their own individual pace. As one style of caning is mastered, another style can be then taught. Currently, the individuals have the opportunity to learn hand caning, press caning rush and split weaving, as well as other techniques.
Master Caner, Rhonda Voos, with over 34 years caning experience, guarantees the quality of the final product. Contact us for a quote and more details!
Charter & Business Member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®
“A broken chair looks overwhelming to fix at first, but then it slowly comes together, bit by bit, and everything just falls together beautifully in the end”
Association of Artisans to Cane Founder
There are many types of seat weaving, including hand caned, press caned, rush, splint, wide binding cane, shaker tape and Danish Cord.
Hand caning has holes in the wood frame of the chair that the cane is woven through. If you look underneath the seat you would should see loops of cane coming through the wood.
Press cane is a machine woven piece of caning that is pressed into a groove around the frame and held in place by a thin, smooth spline of wood all around the edge of the cane. If you look underneath or behind the back you wouldn't see any cane coming thru the wood. Press cane is often used for dining room chair backs, but is also used for seats.
Blind caning is a type of hand caning that is only used on the back of chairs. It is less common than the other two types. It is a hand woven pattern, but the holes in the frame don't go all the way through the chair back. If you look at the edge where the cane meets the wood, you would see either a flat piece of cane with little loops of cane going over it where the holes are or pegs in the holes.