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Handwoven Chair Caning

October 9 - 14, 2022

Doug Lowman  ·  facebook.com/AppRidgeChairs

Workshop at a glance

Discover the art and beauty of the handwoven chair caning craft while rejuvenating an honored family heirloom antique chair for their home.


  • The seven-step traditional chair caning method for beginners
  • More complicated chair caning techniques for advanced students


  • Strips of cane
  • Various small hand tools


  • Knowledge of the chair caning process and its history
  • A chair that the student caned

Artist Bio

Doug Lowman lives in Telford, Tennessee where he began chair caning after retirement from the chemical industry. He is a member of The Seat Weavers’ Guild, Tennessee Craft, Overmountain Weaver’s Guild, Tri-Cities Wood Turners, and Holston Valley Woodworking Club. Lowman’s work has been juried into the National Carousel Fine Craft Show, Handmade Here Tennessee Craft Exhibits in Johnson City and Chattanooga, and the Tennessee Craft Summer Craft 2017 Exhibit in Johnson City. He received Best of Show and an Honorable Mention at Tennessee Craft Exhibitions for his handwoven caned chairs.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will discover the art and beauty of the handwoven chair caning craft. In addition to helping to revive what has been called “a dying craft,” participants will rejuvenate their antique chair into an honored family heirloom for their home. During class beginners will learn the seven-step traditional chair caning method. Advanced students will expand their knowledge with more complicated patterns, such as the daisy patterns, Star of David, Lace, Honeycomb, and Daisies and Buttons. Open to all skill levels. Moderate hand strength and no recent shoulder, arm, or hand injuries are recommended.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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