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Mondays and Thursdays

October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19

from 1PM to 4PM

Held at the Pence Building on the WCA campus.


Hosted by caning expert Doug Lowman, students will discover the art and beauty of the handwoven chair caning craft.  Students will be able to rejuvenate their antique chairs into honored family heirlooms.  The class is designed for all levels.  Beginners will learn either the 7-step traditional lace chair caning method or the press-in machine cane chair method.  Advanced students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge with more complicated weaving patterns.  The $25 materials fee will provide students with lace cane or machine cane and binder and all necessary tools.  Students will bring a chair or rocker with a balloon or trapezoidal shape.  Square, rectangle or round seat shapes are not recommended for your first chair caning experience.  A chair or rocker to be lace caned should have holes around the outer wooden edge of the seat.  The holes should go all the way through the wood.  If the chair has a groove around the edge of the seat and no holes, we can do the press-in seat repair.  All necessary repairs to the chair should be done before the class.  The instructor is available for questions and repairs if desired.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHAIR, the instructor can provide one to you for an additional cost of $40.00.


The cost of this 18 hour workshop is $150.00 that you will pay to WCA when you register.

In addition, there is a $25 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.



  • Telford's own Doug Lowman. Doug is a member of The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc., Tennessee Craft-Northeast Chapter, Overmountain Weaver's Guild, Holston Valley Woodworking Club and Tri-Cities Wood Turners.