Chair caning, seat weaving, an art of simpler days gone by.
Porch Rockers have been around for many, many years and are still as popular as ever. We can't imagine a NH summer's evening without one. Restoring one to be enjoyed again is sometimes a challenge, especially if cross dowels are missing. We have never met a porch rocker we couldn't restore back to life. We always have an abundance of porch rockers for sale, many are pairs. Please stop in or email to see if we have what you are looking for. We start in January getting all my porch rocker frames ready for customer pick up when they return to NE in early Spring.
Porch Rocker Weave
The Porch Rocker Weave is used on the seat and backs of the wonderful old rocking chairs we all see in our travels.This is done primarily with Binder Cane as it is sturdy and durable. The Porch Rocker weave definitely stands the test of time, especially when a chair is not left out in the elements of all 4 seasons. They stand up best on covered porches but love a day out in the rain a couple days a year.
These rockers are traditional Porch Rockers done in Porch Rocker
Wonderful vintage Carolina Porch Rocker. Seat stained to look aged.
Very nice smallish Porch Rocker.
Woven Chair Seats
Woven chair seat are of many different materials and many different weaves. The type of chair will pretty much dictate whether flat reed, binder cane, hickory, oak or ash splint or Danish cord are used to replace the seat. Because there are no holes around the perimeter of the seat, chair caning is not possible, although with a flat perimeter it is possible to drill holes in order to cane the seat. The weave is decided the same way.
Herringbone Weave with Slab or Binder Cane
Slab and Binder cane is the same material as on the Porch Rockers therefore it is durable . The Herringbone weave is very dense as there are no spaces between the warp strands where the weft strands have double spaces.
Pair of Hickory straight-back chairs woven with Slab Cane in the Herringbone pattern.
Antique Willow Rocker
Vintage willow rocker, probably early 1900's. The chair came to me just like you see it.
After many different materials and weaves tried out, we came up with one that we think really belongs on the chair.
First step to final finish is to defuzz the cane, then stain.
A light Fruitwood stain and it's DONE!! It will naturally darken through in time and have a really nice patina that only nature can give it.
Woven Seats with Reed
Reed comes in many different widths. Each gives a different look. They can be woven in pretty much any pattern. Reed is a very nice material to weave with. It can be easily dyed before weaving to achieve a certain desired look. We always replace the new seats on customers chairs with the same weave and width as the old ones.