Do you have an
that needs to be restored
to its former glory?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chair Doc. 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
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.
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)
New back, new seat, repaired arm.
Completely restored. The one on the left is what I feel
like in the morning sometimes.
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.
This was a thrift store rescue that
looked like it was recovered in Liberace's pajamas. My
granddaughter put her cell phone down and we were able to
spend a memorable time working on all aspects of chair
restoring. Then, with her cell phone she took this
picture. Not only does she have the picture, she also has
this chair in her bedroom. And I also have a great memory
of this chair, too.
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
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.
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
"...in conclusion, your Honor, I
submit to the court that this Courthouse Windsor Chair is
"I object!" shouts the Chair Doc. "Throwing away this fine
piece of craftsmanship would be the real crime. The owners
of this chair are guilty of neglect. Let me rehabilitate
it." This chair features knuckle arms, a distinguished bow
back, and nine spindles, and had a broken corner rush
seat. What's the verdict? The results are self-evident.
Talk about an heirloom. An elderly
woman wanted to know if this could be fixed. It was a gift
on her grandmother's wedding day...from HER grandmother.
This rare oak rocker has triple carved back and front
pieces. Several missing and broken pieces needed to be
replaced, along with a new cane seat. She had a tear in
her eye when she saw it completed, and even old Chairdoc
got a little misty.
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.
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
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.
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
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 its original
beauty. Much better results than you get from most health
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.
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
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.
"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.
I love the old TV shows. But one
thing bugged me about “The Beverly Hillbillies”. Why put a
beautiful chair on
top of a truck? At some point, it’s going to fall
off, like it looks like this one did. This pressback chair
from the 1880s had two broken arms and a missing spindle
that I had to make from scratch. Now that it’s something
worth admiring, please don’t drive it around Beverly
group of 24 pieces came to me from the National Park
Service. They were sitting in a Welcome Center someplace,
but not looking very welcoming. There is no manufacturer
logo on any of these pieces, which makes them
“primatives”, or handmade by someone instead of by a
company. That makes them a truly one-of-a-kind set.
You know how sometimes a cat will
just run around the house in a crazy fit? (I told my
granddaughters that they’re chasing the Tooth Fairy when
that happens.) This chair looks like kitty got a hold of
the seat and wouldn’t let go, and used the one side as a
scratching post. Maybe the cat knew that this would look
better with a press-in seat.
in the middle of each of these seatbacks? It’s a handmade
walnut medallion with a painted picture on it. Each one is
different. I decided to accent it with a sunrise caning
pattern, a substantial upgrade to the boring
straight-across that was there before. Now instead of just
being chairs, they are conversation pieces.
Take a look at
some heavy-duty chairs made by the Bumpe Furniture
Company. They made big, solid chairs for their customers
in the Midwest. There were made between the wars. THIS
is the type of chair you use to fend off a bear attack!
If you come across any chairs like this, let me know,
because they will last forever.
Want to add a touch of class to a
room? This English Design chair made in New England will
get everyone’s attention. I stained it darker and used a
tighter weave to give a royal feel to it. It would
make an excellent gift for your next Royal Wedding or baby
Man usually shows up as a sculpture of dense
foliage in many cultures around the world. Who knew he
would show up in Boone as a busted up mess? There's a
big chunk out of the front arm support, the seat was
stained, and everything was broken off. It took a lot of
TLC, but we finally made Green Man happy.
No job too big,
except having to tell Mrs. Chairdoc that she can't park
her car in the garage.
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In Raleigh and surrounding areas, feel free to contact
my daughter, Lizzie, at (919) 878-0605.