A
              wonderful chair with a broken seat

Got chairs with loose
or broken backs?


Need a seat replaced?

Do you have an antique chair
that needs to be restored
to it's former glory?
Looking as good as new

Call the Chair Doc
of
Boone, North Carolina


We repair almost ANY chair. We can do all types and patterns of rattan caning. Several procedures of mechanical rush or sea grass.
68 different patterns of rattan reed in all sizes including porch rockers and couches. Repairing, refinishing, and top-finishing are available.



Recognized as a Master Caner by SCOB
Fast turnaround time
Over 25 years of experience
Lowest prices anywhere
Finest materials used


Here are some examples of my work. Click on any image to see a close-up.

A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
This is an example of hand-woven rattan caning. This is a classic procedure that requires patience and attention to detail. On this antique "Federalist" chair, the first step is taking the chair apart and marking each part to make sure it will be reglued in the original manner. Stripping and light sanding are almost required on chairs this far gone. After gluing, one or two coats of stain are required, followed by two coats of the Chair Doc's handrubbed Oil Finish.
Looking as good as
                  new


A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
This is an example of mechanical rush. No matter what the original weave design is, it can be reproduced. Or you may choose sea grass, which give the chair a completely different look, one with more texture.
Looking as good as
                  new


A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
Do you think you have a chair that isn't worth saving? Pieces like this are hard to find. Underneath that ghastly blue paint a solid walnut late 19th century boudoir chair emerged.
Looking as good as
                  new



A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
This antique ladderback (and its five brothers) is the perfect example of an old chair that shines after a complete restoration. The owner chose a rush seat for all six.
Looking as good as
                  new



6 chairs longing to be
                  restored to their uniform glory
That's more like it
I took my annual trip to New York and went to Donald Trump’s yard sale. I saw this imported Plantation chair made from fruitwood that was crafted in the early 1900’s that I told him I could fix up and make beautiful again.  He says, “Look ChairDoc. I’m a HUGE fan of your work. Your stuff is UNBELIEVABLE. But look at how this chair is all broken. It’s a LOSER. You know what else I don’t like…rocking chairs. You sit in them, and you go forward, and then you go back, and you’re right back where you started.” So anyhow, Mr. “Art of the Deal” let me buy it for a song. Originally it was set flat across, but I caned it with a parabolic bump, all 226 holes of it.  Then Trump saw it and wanted it back, and I told him no, because it took me longer to do this chair than his first marriage lasted. Now he’s trying to build a wall around my house. (Click on the right hand one to see a close up…it’s high-resolution)




6 chairs longing to
                  be restored to their uniform glory
That's more like it
Here we have 6 chairs with double pressbacks that weren't treated as the classy set that they are. With some TLC and someone who understands how great these old pieces are, they end up looking like a millions bucks.


6 chairs longing to be restored to their
                  uniform glory
That's more like it
The intricate weave on this regal chair was coming apart and needed a total replacement. They don't make them like this any more. It sure gave me something to do when we were snowed in. (Click on either one to see a close up image. The one on the right is a high-resolution image)



A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
New back, new seat, repaired arm. Completely restored. The one on the left is what I feel like in the morning.  Looking as good as
                  new


A wonderful
                  chair with a broken seat
This is a Kennedy rocking chair looks like it was used as a tackling dummy for the family football games. The seat and the back in the original are machine made. When  I replaced them, I used the "Exploding Diamond" pattern. All of the rest of the parts of this iconic chair were restored to their original beauty. This chair was originally made by the P&P furniture company in Troutman, NC, and recommended to a young senator from Massachusetts who was experiencing back pain in the 1950s. The rest is history.
Looking as
                  good as new



A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat
This antique 7 spindle Federalist Windsor was very close to being used as firewood. Notice the back support spindles and the thickness of the seat. What a great old rocker! Besides caning and reed work, we'll also fix up chairs that were used to fend off a bear attack.
Looking as good as
                  new


6 chairs longing to
                  be restored to their uniform glory
That's more like it
Old chairs such as these three are rather easily found. Most of the time they are well made and in good structural shape. Complete restoration is easily accomplished. The diamond pattern in these seats is a classic design that makes this set a real conversation piece.


A wonderful chair
                  with a broken seat Sometimes folks get started on repairing Grandpa's chair. In time, enthusiasm wanes and the "bucket of chair" comes to me. Why bother? One good reason is that it is a mid 1800's Federalist Beehive Eastlake chair. I think it turned out very pretty - even beautiful.
Looking as good as
                  new


6 chairs longing to be
                  restored to their uniform glory
That's more like it
This porch set was crafted by the Old Hickory Furniture Co. of Indiana many years ago and needed new reed. I replaced it with a stagger pattern of rattan. The two chairs, two couches, and a swing are ready for several more years of watching sunsets from the deck. Even though the pieces are bigger, they still require attention to detail to keep them beautiful and worry-free.




The break-up
The make-up
I may not know much about mending relationship (I love the missus -  She tolerates me and my hobbies), but I can make this love seat something worth sitting in with your honey.



A wonderful chair with a broken seat Remember the comment about the bear attack? Well, the bear arrived. Fortunately, I was able to re-assemble it and make it as good as new.

I don't want to live near them.
Looking as good as new


A wonderful chair with a broken seat Back in the old days (when I was a wee lad), ladies would sit in a chair like this, flip their hair over the back and let it dry by the fireplace. I then added the missing rockers and replaced the headpiece.
Looking as good as new




6 chairs longing to be restored to their uniform
                  glory
6 chairs longing to be
                  restored to their uniform glory That's more like it
This antique wheelchair came to me and I gave it love and attention to detail. The back, the seat, and the leg were caned, as well as re-finishing it back to it's original beauty. Much better results than you get from most health care plans.


A wonderful chair with a broken seat I didn't know what was worse: The broken back or the horrible paint job (jobs?). Both were fixed and the results are breathtaking...in a good way.
Looking as good as new




6 chairs longing to be restored to their uniform
                  glory
That's more like it
No wonder Junior was crying so much! This high chair was in sad shape. Let's give him one less thing to talk to his therapist about and make this high chair the envy of his preschool.


A wonderful chair with a
                  broken seat
Re-caning and refinishing this chair was just the beginning. Notice the detail on the back. Part of this was missing, so a mold was created to reproduce the design of the embellishments to bring this chair back to its glorious splendor.
Looking as good as new



A wonderful chair with a
                  broken seat
"Bubba Junior, how many times do I have to tell you NOT to stand on those chairs?!"

Apparently, at least four. Chair Doc can fix the chairs.

You're on your own for
Bubba Junior.
Looking as good as new




No job too big, except having to tell Mrs. Chair Doc that she can't park her car in the garage.
The Main man


E-mail us at chairdoc@gmail.com

Located in historic Boone, North Carolina
Call us at (828) 264-2353.

I also accept products sent by UPS or FedEX.
 
In Raleigh and surrounding areas, feel free to contact my daughter, Lizzie, at (919) 878-0605.
The Main man