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Most good quality cane seating is strong, durable, cool and comfortable to sit on, suiting our climate. However, if abused, neglected or used inappropriately its life will be shortened.
Hand Caned Seating
made up of fine cane (rattan) individually woven through holes drilled through the seat of the chair, as seen in many old and antique chairs (eg. bentwoods) and in some better quality modern chairs. Because hand weaving is a time consuming process it is not often used in modern chairs.
Sheet Caned Seating
looks much the same as hand caned seating but comes prewoven in sheet form. It is cut to size and fitted into a groove cut into the seat frame and locked in with a glued spline. Some old and antique chairs use this (eg. most American spindlebacks) and most modern chairs.
Care for these two types of seating in the same way.
No Cane furniture should be situated where it is fully exposed to the weather. Cane chairs left in the garden or on a deck with no roof will disintegrate rapidly.
Originally designed and sold as indoor furniture and was not intended for verandah use. However, because it was lightweight, it was often carried to the verandah and eventually stayed there. Paint is its protection from the weather.
Split Cane Furniture
originally sold as furniture suitable for the verandah. If natural it will slowly discolour if left on a verandah but usually does not disintegrate as seagrass can. Care as for seagrass from * on.
Bamboo and Wicker Furniture
was intended for indoor use originally. Its biggest enemy is the dryness it suffers from exposure to the elements. Again care is as for seagrass from* on. If any fancy bits on this furniture come adrift or start to unravel the best time to repair it is NOW. It will otherwise get worse or even lost and will be much harder to repair as a lot of the raw materials are no longer available for this fancy work.
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