Chair Caning and Rushing

Chair Caning and Rushing


Students need to bring their own piece of furniture, which must be suitable for caning. It should have one or more panels with regularly spaced holes going all the way through the frame. Any repairs should be complete before caning, as well as cleaning, painting or French polishing. A trapezium shaped bedroom chair is suitable for beginners.

We will be looking at different shaped panels and the challenges they offer, preparation, weaving the pattern with cane, and methods of finishing the edges.

Other students may want to learn how to rush a chair. So, there will also be an opportunity to weave a rush seat using English rush in the ‘envelope’ pattern. A small bedroom chair or stool is suitable. The piece should have solid rails around the seat with raised corners. A drop-in seat is not recommended for beginners.

For those with experience of cane seating, there will be an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques such as doing blind or double caning, working a sunrise or medallion shape, performing hexagonal weave or close caning.

In all cases, students will need to bring their own furniture to work on, although it will be possible to purchase a suitable piece from the Wooburn Craft School. Please contact the school well in advance to discuss your requirements and the suitability of your furniture.

All students should let us know what they want to learn in this class so we can plan appropriately. This is a 'club' in which students can stay as long or as short of a time they want.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials will be supplied


Ernest Riall, Phd at The Wooburn Craft School, Ltd


Town Lane
Wooburn Town
HP10 0PJ

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 hour (flexible times to suit)

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