Conservation and Restoration of Fine Furniture and Objects
Hand Caning
Two caned arm chairs
The caning process in action and the final result: ebony arm chairs with restored caned seating

Caned seat before restoration
Caned seat after restoration
Before restoration, this caned chair was marred by a sunken seat; after restoration, it is returned to original condition

The use for seat caning was introduced shortly after 1660. Caning is a method of weaving the seats and backs of the chairs using material made from the outside bark of rattan (a tropical vine). This bark or peel is cut by machine to accommodate various widths and lengths.

Bernacki & Associates can accommodate projects involving complex hand caning and installing prefabricated caned elements.