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Flat Reed Comparison Chart
Flat Oval Comparison Chart
Round Reed Comparison Chart
Hand Cane Sizing Chart
Figuring Shaker Tape Yardage Needed for Seats
Dyed Reed Charts

Click here for all you wanted to know about basket reed and more.

Cane
The size of cane required to weave a chair seat is determined by the diameter of the holes around the edge of the seat and the space from the center of one hole to the center of the next hole. Click here to order.

Long select cane is generally lengths of 8 ft. and longer.
Full hanks/coils (1000 ft.) will do approximately 3 - 4 average seats.
Half hanks/coils (500 ft.) for 1 - 2 seats (Nantucket quality cane).
25 ft. bundles for repair jobs and binding.
To see the required and helpful tools needed, please see the Hand Cane Tools category.

Hole Size Center to
Center
Natural
1000' Hank/Coil
Natural
500' Hank/Coil
Natural
25' Bundle
Bleached White*
500' Hank/Coil
Carriage Superfine
1.50 mm
1/8" 5/16"–3/8" N/A Click Here for Price Click Here for Price N/A
Long Select
Superfine
2 mm
1/8" 3/8" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
Long Select
Fine Fine
2.25 mm
3/16" 7/16"–1/2" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
Long Select
Fine
2.50 mm
3/16" 1/2"–9/16" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
Long Select
Narrow Medium
2.75 mm
1/4" 9/16"–5/8" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
Long Select
Medium
3 mm
1/4" 5/8"–3/4" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
Long Select
Common
3.50 mm
5/16" 3/4"–7/8" Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
4 mm Binder N/A Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
5 mm Binder N/A Click Here for Price Click Here for Price Click Here for Price
6 mm Binder N/A Click Here for Price Click Here for Price N/A
7-10 mm Slab Rattan N/A Click Here for Price N/A N/A
N/A= Not Available
*Bleached (Hamburg) Cane is not recommended for chair seats.

Or try this quick method of determining cane size as found in the English book:Chair Seating, Techniques in Cane, Willow, Rush and Cords by Kay Johnson, Olivia Elton Barratt and Mary Butcher.

Count the number of holes within a six inch interval on the side rails. Holes can be drilled unevenly so be sure to take an average number by measuring several places on your chair.
If a partial hole is within the six inches, include it. Match up your number of holes with the chart below: More than 12 holes = Superfine Cane, 2 mm or Carriage Cane, 1.50 - 1.75 mm
12 holes = Fine Fine Cane, 2.25 mm
11 holes = Fine Cane, 2.50 mm
10 holes = Narrow Medium Cane, 2.75 mm
9 holes = Medium Cane, 3 mm
8 holes = Common Cane, 3.50 mm

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Cane - Different Types
Natural Cane
  • Q: I see that there are different types of cane, what can I use on a basket and what is used for chairs? Are they the same?
A: All cane (Hamburg & Natural) can be used for basketweaving while only the Natural (also called Long Select, Strand cane, Chair Cane, etc.) can be used for chairs.

The Hamburg cane (also called Bleached cane) goes through a bleaching process that makes the cane initially whiter in color (it will oxidize and darken over time just as all reed and cane does) and more flexible than Natural cane. It will take a dye more evenly than the Natural cane. Hamburg cane is available in 500 ft coils.
Hamburg cane sizes

Natural cane comes in different amounts - 25ft bundles, 500 ft coils (1/2 hanks or 1/2 coils) & 1,000 ft coils (hanks).
The 500 ft (1/2 coils) are designated as Nantucket Quality cane and should be more uniform in color, other than that there is no difference in the Natural cane other than the amount it comes in.
Natural cane sizes

Click here: Cane Comparison Chart to see a comparison chart for the different widths available and the hole sizes that they are appropriate for when caning a hand cane chair.

The widths of cane can be listed in different ways, it might be listed by a millimeter size or by a name. You may see 3mm or Medium cane, they are the same thing. Slab Rattan and Binder cane are still cane just wider widths (4mm up to 10mm wide).

Where does cane come from? It is the bark of the Rattan vine. Please see this page: All About Reed for more information about the Rattan vine, how it grows and how it is processed.

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