West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Cane Seating Weekend

This weekend we will focus on cane seating for beginners and improvers. So you know where it is. That wonderful old chair that you couldn't bear to throw away. Its been sitting there for ages waiting for... waiting for Susie Bishop! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to restore seating from a master. An immensely practical 2-day workshop with the prospect of taking home more than just a head full of ideas!

Title Cane Seating Weekend with Susie Bishop

A weekend workshop in cane chair seating restoration with Susie Bishop. Bring along your own chair if you have one - or contact Susie for ideas and advice about your particular project. All possible for a weekend to learn the techniques of this beautiful craft. 

About the tutor
Susie's work is wonderful.  The patterns are beautifully intricate yet with simple elegance and symmetry.   Just imagine sitting on a chair that you have restored to its original glory!  She is also teaching Rushwork in 2012.  Don't miss this new course. (Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No previous skills are required to come on this workshop.
Course format
You will learn how to select the cane and how to weave all stages of the basic 6-way pattern to repair an old chair seat or back with cane. Techniques will be demonstrated and individual advice offered as necessary. It should be possible to finish a small chair of simple design in the 2 days. Larger or more complicated seats may take longer, but you will have acquired the knowledge and skills you need to complete your project.


After completing this course...
You will have learned and practiced all the basic skills necessary to restore old chairs. As a bonus, you will take home an old chair that has become both more useful and beautiful.

£175.00 There will be a small charge for the cane/rush.
Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Accomodation Sorry the Trossachs Yurts are tucked away for the winter but there is a lovely The Braes B&B just up the road www.thebraesbnb.co.uk or the local hotel/resturant Lion and Unicorn www.lion-unicorn.co.uk
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information Susie or Kate
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me? You will need to bring a chair frame with cane seat (the cane will go into holes that pass through the seat frame). If it needs repairing, painting or polishing this will have to be done before the course, as it is difficult to do afterwards. (Check with Susie re advice on removing cane).

Please bring, if you have them: craft or Stanley knife, ruler, sponge or J-cloth in old margarine tub or similar, sidecutters or long- handled toenail cutters, 20 or 30 golf tees for pegs or pegs can be made from offcuts of willow or centre cane, long-nosed pliers. Other tools will be available to borrow or buy.

IMPORTANT: If you do not have a suitable chair to restore, please let us know when you book.

Are there any other related courses I can attend?
If your old chair has a rush seat then you need to come along to Susie Bishop's  Rush Seating Workshop.


If you want to do a second chair in cane seating then when there is  another Cane Seating workshop  there will be a 10% reduction on your a second weekend!
What have other attendess said about this course?

Very enjoyable experience - caning a chair after years of thinking about it, lovely premises and organic meat to purchase.

Enjoyable and very useful course. Great company! and wonderful setting and delicious food!

Had a great weekend - where did the time go?

Thankyou for an excellent weekend - pity I brought such a difficult chair but look forward to finishing it in October!