Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

Next Event


Apr 13 2018


09:30 AM - 03:30 PM



Chair Caning with Michael Dees

All Levels

Students will learn how to weave a chair seat in the herringbone 3×3 pattern using 1/2″ flat reed.  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 that you have at home.  Use your own round-railed chair or one can be provided for an extra fee, with advance notice.  Please no rocking chairs.  All weaving materials will be provided, see list below for items to bring with you.

Supply list:
1 pair of scissors, 1 office stapler with staples, 1 needle-nosed pliers, 2 clamps large enough to clamp over the top rails of the chair, 1 non-serrated knife, and one round-railed chair, any style as long as it has round rails on top

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.