An Introduction to Chair Caning with Brian Crossley



Overview This is a 2 day course aimed at those who are new to chair caning or have some basic experience of the craft. It is suitable for both those who make new furniture, and those who have a restoration project in mind. Course Description The tuition is over 2 days between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You will be taught in a small group of up to 8 people by Brian Crossley MBE, a second generation Chair Caner who has practised the craft for over 60 years. Working on a pre-made frame which represents a typical chair seat (as the attached picture), you will be taught the ‘6 way pattern’ which is used on 95% of all caned furniture. Day 1 The first day begins with a presentation and discussion, to give participants a good understanding of the history of the craft, materials, tools, techniques and other caning patterns. After this, participants begin the practical part of the workshop. All materials and comprehensive course notes will be provided, plus the loan of any tools required. Caning a frame can be undertaken seated and to assist in handling the frame, this will be held in an adjustable clamp attached to a table. (see note below) Safety is important. All measures will be taken to promote the safe use of hand tools and participants will be supervised at all times. Day 2 Continue caning the frame as on Day 1 . If time permits, you will be able to weave an alternative pattern on another smaller frame. Completed frame(s) and notes can be retained. Please note - Participants are welcome to bring an item of furniture. Please email images of the piece to so we can assess the work needed to it.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Highgrove Crafts is part of the King's Foundation. The King’s Foundation provides holistic solutions to challenges facing the world today. We champion a sustainable approach to how we live our lives and build our communities, we run a diverse programme of education and training for all ages and backgrounds, and we regenerate and care for places where communities thrive and that visitors enjoy. The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by His Majesty The King Charles III's philosophy of harmony: that by understanding the balance, the order and the relationships between ourselves and the natural world we can create a more sustainable future. For more than 40 years His Majesty has been at the forefront of championing sustainability. During the last decade the impact of natural resource depletion, climate change and rapid urbanisation has become evident and widely understood. The work of The King’s Foundation is inspired by the belief that only by taking a holistic view can we create a sustainable future to meet the needs of our world.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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The King’s Foundation reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course. This course requires a minimum number of enrollments to run.

Our buildings at Highgrove Crafts are listed historic buildings so we do have some accessibility challenges. If you have any accessibility requirements please do email us on and we will do our utmost to accommodate everyone.

Wear comfortable clothing that you are happy to work practically in. We recommend that you avoid wearing loose sleeves or loose jewellery. Please bring a packed lunch

This course is suitable for beginners through to intermediate learners. Those with some existing experience may well progress quicker through the first day of experiments.


Barley Court, Highgrove Gardens, Doughton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8TQ