Chair caning - getting started

Showing shell bodkin


Chair caning is a traditional craft dating back to the 1700s (in London). It is also an interesting and rewarding one. Let’s keep it going!

As a practicing chair-caner I would like to pass on the basic skills to a few other people based in Sussex and to assist them in progressing, with the right tools and training opportunities, to take on client projects.

Initially sessions will be by phone conversations and emails (Skype if needed).

In-person sessions should be available in June and July 2021 (see Chair Caning - getting started in-person course).

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?

The sessions will be at your pace. The amount of hourly sessions booked is up to you. The aim is to cover:
1. Choosing tools and materials
2. Considering the project chair and its existing weaving
3. Clearing the weaving
4. Weaving the six way standard pattern step-by-step
5. Pegging and finishing
6. Training materials to cover chair shapes and weaving patterns.
7. Suppliers of cane and tools & pricing for customers

The sessions will be customised to your pace and availability.

What you will need

1. Bowl about 8”/20cms in diameter
2. Small towel or cloth
3. Box of cotton buds
4. Sharp wire cutters or toenail scissors
5. A simple chair (we can discuss in advance)
6. Small hammer or leather hammer/mallet
7. 4cm allen key, and
8. A dust mask
9. Shell bodkin (supplier info. provided)
10. Chair cane (advice & supplier info. provided)


Louise Paul at Basketcaseweaving

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users




1 hour (flexible times to suit)

The course doesn’t currently have live dates

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