Oct 05 2022


10:00 am - 2:00 pm



1005MD: Tie it On – Chair Caning with Michael Dees

Level: Beginner
Student Supplied Materials:
One round-railed chair
Small clamps and screwdriver (see below)

Do you have the odd round-railed chair hanging around that could use a face-lift? Michael will lead the class in chair caning using ties for a fun and unique new look.

The instructor will prepare and provide the ties. Students provide the tools pictured below and the round-railed chair. If you plan on refinishing the chair that needs to be completed prior to caning or if you choose to repaint your chair that can be completed after the class with the exception of the round-rails.

Students will be instructed in the preparation of the ties for their next project. This is the perfect up-cycling project for any inherited family ties!

Round railed chairs or footstools (the required style for this class) that need re-caning can be found at local thrift and antique stores, small rocking chairs that need the seat replaced are allowed.

Workshop Teacher

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.