For years Sewell Mason remembered that man who came by his mother's house in Tennessee asking if any chairs needed recaning. Sewell watched as the man carefully wove reed through the holes of the seat, making a broken chair useful once more. 30 years later, he caned his first chair--reading from a booklet his sister sent him. Now he canes chairs as a hobby. Since caning can cost more than a chair is worth, Sewell happily teaches people, usually on beautiful antiques and family heirlooms saved from the trash by people who know one day they will refurbish them. The first three steps go quickly, but soon the careful weaving begins, and keeping a careful eye on the work is paramount. Recreate the beauty of your grandmother's rocker. Learn to weave cane for classic chairs. Practice on a frame or bring an old chair in need of repair.
Clyde Mumford took his first chair caning class here at Tillers only a few years ago. He liked caning so much, he's been doing it ever since and is interested in helping to teach others the craft. Clyde has graciously accepted the task of the teaching duties for this class and continues to learn more about caning as he guides new students.
"Mr. Mason was courteous and patient, very likeable. I'm pleased he is willing to share his experience." -student, 2009
"I enjoyed studying with such a knowledgeable instructor!" -student, 2009
"I thought Sewell was a very good instructor, letting us work at our own pace, but giving us a basic understanding of the process so that we could put the practice into context." -student, 2009
Enrollment: 4 to 10
Minimum age: 12
a/ October 16-17, 2015, Friday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00pm
Cook's Mill, Scotts, MI
With Clyde Mumford with Sewell Mason consulting.