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Nov 02 2019


10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Chair Caning: Multi-Diamond Weave with Michael Dees



Multi-diamond  1/2 ” flat reed seat

Students will learn to weave the Multi-Diamond pattern with the option of a single color or in two-toned, using 1/2 inch flat reed.  Master caner with over 30 years experience will take you through step-by-step process that even a beginner can do using simple tools. Use your own round-railed chair or one can be provided with advanced notice. Please no rocking chairs.

Students need to bring:

1- scissors
1- office stapler w/staples
1- needle nosed pliers
2- spring loaded clamps
1- blunt nosed, non-serated knife
1 – round railed chair (Absolutely no rocking chairs)

An example of a good round railed chair

Workshop Teacher

  • Michael Dees

    Michael Dees, Master Caner – Moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia from the sand hills of North Carolina in the late 70’s, became immersed in Appalachian culture and realized that many of the cultural traditions were dying at an alarming rate.  He learned seven step caning from a local couple, studied and researched various patterns and materials used in chair weaving, and after 35 years and hundreds of chair seats, he has become a Master Caner, one of less than 100 in the United States.  Michael is the curator and an instructor at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts of Galax, VA. and a member of ‘Round the Mountain Artisans Guild of Southwest Virginia.

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