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Posted on 01/15/13

The Art of Chair Caning

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Through the use of fiber rush, flat reed, pressed cane, binder cane, and more, a person can create a piece of art, functional furniture and a business just by caning a chair.


From Jan. 26-March 2, Valorie Saunders will teach the art of chair caning at Rockingham Community College.  Classes will meet on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the Advanced Technologies building, room 209.  The course is $65 and free to those 65-years-old or older.  Students are required to bring in a chair that is in good shape and ready to be used except for the seat.


“You don’t want to have to go back and paint, stain or repair the chair in any way after you have finished caning,” said Saunders.


Educated at John C. Campbell, Saunders has been caning chairs for nearly 13 years.  She has turned it into a part-time business and will share her methods of attracting customers and promoting the art as a business.


In addition to teaching and showcasing the various methods of caning and explaining the use of the various caning materials, Saunders will give tips on where to buy materials, what types of tools to purchase, and techniques that are proven but easier than techniques highlighted in books about caning.


“Caning is rewarding,” said Saunders.  “You get instant gratification.  You can sit in the chair and it becomes a source of pride.”


To preregister for this Heritage Arts class and to receive the list of supplies needed, call 336-342-4261, ext. 2588.


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