Synopses & Reviews
Jim Widess, co-author of the best selling Caner's Handbook, owner of The Caning Shop, and one of the field's top authorities, presents crafters with five amazingly detailed chairmaking projects they'll treasure for years to come. Best of all, with the help of a thorough basics chapter, reader-friendly instructions, and a plethora of illuminating color photographs, even beginners can complete every beautiful item. Find out how to use machine-made caning to restore an old chair, or create an entirely new one by hand. Fashion a durable and comfortable rush seat, using fiber that's twisted into long strands, or create a traditional splint-caned porch rocker. There's invaluable information on the different types of available cane, various woven patterns, and interesting rattan wraps.
Jim Widess, co-author of the bestselling The Caner's Handbook and a top authority in the field, presents a caning guide that readers will treasure for years to come. With the help of his amazingly detailed instructions and illuminating color photographs, even novices can fix virtually any piece of cane or wicker furniture; at the same time, professionals or collectors will value the hundreds of expert, time-tested tips Widess has amassed during three decades of work. Each chapter features a color gallery showcasing a variety of styles and techniques.
About the Author
Jim Widess is the author of the bestselling The Caner's Handbook (Lark, 1983). He has co-authored several books, including The Complete Book of Gourd Craft (Lark, 1998) and Making Gourd Musical Instruments (Sterling, 1999). Jim is the owner of The Caning Shop (caning.com), a store and successful mail-order business that caters to gourd crafters, basket makers, and chair caners.