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. If you have an old, unevenly hand-drilled chair please take an average of the measurements around the chair.
- Full coils (approximately 1000 ft.) will do approximately 3 - 4 average seats (Long Select cane - generally lengths of 8 ft. and longer).
- Half coils (approximately 500 ft.) for 1 - 2 seats (Nantucket quality cane - a premium selected color - selected quality - 6ft. lengths and longer).
- 250-270 ft. coils for footstools or one small chair.
- 25 ft. bundles for repair jobs, binding, handle and rock wrapping and braiding, etc.
To see the required and helpful tools needed, please see the Seating Supplies category.
*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