Welcome to the Chair Workshop
Chair-seating uses the natural materials of cane, rush, willow, rope and seagrass. Commonly known as seat weaving, rattan, raffia or wicker work, it is a rich and traditional craft. The Chair Workshop was opened in 1989 to provide an expert and flexible restoration service. We have a retail shop with a workshop, where you can call in to discuss your chair, buy materials or watch work in progress.
We are experienced reseaters of traditional 6-way caning, Danish cord, pre-woven loom cane, seagrass, whole or skeined willow and rope.
We enjoy the challenges of specialist work such as bergeres, blind caning, curved caning, double caning and patterns including medallion or sunburst, sunrise, double Victoria, open and closed skein seating, star of David and traditional 4-way caning. These patterns and methods can be found on a variety of furniture; anything from chairs to sofas, bedheads, stools and even teapot handles.
Chairs for repair and restoration come mainly from private houses as well as from museums, hotels and churches, (see History). New seats can be made to customers' individual designs.
All types of natural seating materials are stocked as well as the full range of Liberon wood restoration products.
Personalised chairseating tuition can be arranged in all methods, to suit various abilities. Please contact us with your requirements.
The Chair Workshop is located in the old Yorkshire Dales town of Sedbergh, Cumbria, surrounded by the Howgill Fells (moorland hills) and within easy reach of the English Lake District. Sedbergh is five miles east from junction 37 on the M6 motorway.