Pressed Caning
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Pressed caning looks almost the same as strand caning, but is priced very differently.  The pictures to the left are here to help you identify if your chair has a pressed cane panel or strand cane.  The material for pressed cane projects come in a sheet of pre-woven cane in various sizes.  To replace the panel, the old material literally has to be chissled out before a new sheet can be "pressed" in.  A reed spline is glued and tapped in on top of the new sheet of webbing to secure it in place.  The pictures illustrate what the top of a pressed cane panel looks like showing the spline.  If you turn the seat over and look at the bottom, as seen in the second picture, there is no material coming through from the top side to the bottom like you will see with a strand cane project.

The old material has to be completely removed, and the best way to do that is by chissling it out, which tends to be quite labor intensive.  Of all the types of woven seat replacements I do, this is highest impact and the most painful on me and my arthritic hands.  I will only accept pressed cane jobs that do not require ME to remove the old webbing and spline.   

Pricing is pretty simple; imagine a square or rectangle that the panel to be replaced will fit into, and measure diagonally from corner to opposite corner.  My price is $2.00 an inch in most cases, subject to my approval upon visual inspection.

My biggest pressed caning project 2017

My biggest pressed caning project 2017

This set consisting of a man's chair, lady's chair and settee came to me for pressed caning after an associate did the frame restoration and refinishing, and another associate will be doing the upholstery part of the job.  It was quite an undertaking!