Chair Caning with Michael Dees (812MD)

August 12, 2017

9am – 3pm

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $75



Visit any antique or second-hand furniture store and you’ll find great old chairs—that are bargain priced because their woven seats have worn out.

Bring your round railed chair (see sample) and learn to weave the Center Diamond chair seat pattern using ½” flat reed.  Michael Dees, Master Caner with over thirty years experience, will take you through the step-by-step process that even the beginner can do using simple tools you have at home.  No rocking chairs please.  Chair must have a rectangular seat.  If you have a question about whether your chair will work please email or call the school.

All weaving materials provided.  Students need to bring the basic tools:

1 – chair with 4 round top rails  (No rocking chairs please.) (see sample picture)

1 – standard office stapler with staples

1 – pair needle-nosed pliers

1 – pair standard scissors

1 – non-serrated blunt-nosed knife (Like a butter knife)

2 – spring loaded clamps  *No vice type clamps*

artistphoto(1)Michael Dees

“I became interested in arts and crafts at an early age due to the influence of two aunts, both very talented artists.  Through the years I have worked in various media making arts and crafts, leaning toward fiber crafts, natural and man made.  I knit, crochet, cross stitch, macramé, sew, quilt, petite point, sketch, and dabble in woodworking, cabinetry, and furniture making.  In the late 70’s I moved to Galax, located in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia and home of the world’s oldest old time fiddlers convention.  I became immersed in the local and Appalachian craft traditions of the area and soon realized how quickly they were dying.  I learned the seven step caning process from a local couple, studied and researched the various patterns and materials used in seat weaving at the local library and taught myself by working on chairs from local residents.  Over 35 years and hundreds of chair seats later, I am considered a ‘Master Caner’, one of less than 100 in the United States.  I am a board member , curator  and occasional instructor at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA.  I also teach classes occasionally at Studio Redwood in Sparta, NC and here at Florence Thomas Art School.”

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