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Jun 28 2019 - Jun 29 2019


10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Chair Caning: Spider Web Weave with Michael Dees

All Levels


Please note times:
June 28th- 10am – 4pm
June 29th- 9 am – 3pm

Strand or hand caning is the most well known of the seat weaving designs and patterns. This traditional chair seat weaving method is woven by hand with individual strands of cane, through holes drilled in the perimeter of the seat, thereby creating the beautiful pattern known as Spider web weave. Master Caner with over 30 years experience will take you through step-by-step process. Students must provide their own chair with holes drilled around the opening of the seat.

 Spider web seat:

1 – awl

1 – scissors

20-25- golf tees or caning pegs

1 – chair with holes drilled around the opening of the seat . Can be of any shape, i.e. rectangle, square, fiddle-shape, or round

Chairs not suitable for this class:

  • ROUND CHAIRS! Common but not great for your first project
  • chairs with curved back/seat are not ideal but easier than round chairs
  • recessed holes underneath like Bentwood chairs
  • chairs with over 100 holes
  • holes that do not go all the way through the frame or share a seam with other panels of cane. 

If you are registered for the workshop and have any questions about whether your chair is appropriate, please call or email us and we will find out!

Master Chair Caner Michael Dees instructing at the school

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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