Weaving Cane, Rattan, Danish Cord, Fibre Rush, Shaker Tape & Seagrass

Caning Calgary Specialty Weaving 
Since 1986     

Save Your Woven Treasure

Caning Calgary Specialty Weaving Services 

Curved back hand caned chair

Hand Caning & 
Pre Woven Cane

Hand Cane, Laced Cane, Hole to Hole Cane, Traditional 7 Step Pattern, Pre Woven Cane, Sheet Cane, Machine Cane, Pressed in Cane, Spline Cane & Rattan

Hans Wagner Ch 23 Danish Cord Woven Chair

Danish Cord

Danish paper cord is the material used to weave typical seats and backs found in many Danish, Scandinavian, and Mid Century Modern furniture designs.
Fibre rush woven chair

Fibre Rush

Fibre rush is a very durable one ply, twisted paper made to resemble real twisted bull rushes. Paper fibre or "fiber reed" was introduced when China had an embargo on rattan reed exportation.

Hanging Medallion Hand Caned Chair

Specialty Cane

Blind Cane, French Cane, Double Sided Cane, Hanging Medallions, Rising Sun Hand Cane Pattern, Sunrise Hand Cane Pattern

Black Shaker Tape Rocking Chair

Shaker Tape

Shaker Tape is made of 100% cotton webbing. It is used to weave chair seats and foot stools in varying patterns.
Seagrass Woven Stool


A seagrass seat is a cord like material made from twisted grass found on the coastlines of China.

Laurie Blake

Specialty Weaver, Caning Calgary

As a second generation specialty weaver I have been weaving chairs since 1986. My mother who was a rehabilitation teacher for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) used to hand cane chairs for vacation money. One day she asked for my help weaving a chair which as a teenager I happily did for a small fee. I really enjoyed weaving the chair and thought I could learn the craft and make a bit of spending money. Back in those days we didn't have websites, e-mail and the good old internet so I made up an informational flyer, photocopied it at the local library, put on a business suit and took the city transit to all the refinishing shops in Calgary, Alberta to introduce my weaving business Caning Calgary. Many of the refinishing shops in Calgary took me under their wings giving me a shot. 

As we didn't have digital cameras or the internet when a was asked to weave a style of chair I hadn't seen before I would take it apart backwards and make detailed notes so I could provide a quality finished piece. 

Quality workmanship, at a fair price, in a timely manner. That's what I do, with a skip in my step and a smile on my face.

My husband David and I are going to be living in our RV full time starting in November 2019. Once we hit the road we will be providing our specialty weaving services to clients local to the area we are exploring.  Our current plan is to spend November 2019 to April 2020 in the Vancouver area and May 2020 to October 2020 in the Victoria area. If you require our services in the province of Alberta or would need to ship chair seats and backs to us for repair please note you will need to do this leaving enough time for the weaving to be completed before we hit the road and become "The Blake's Caning Canada".

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What is Caning Calgary up to?

David's sister is visiting us from England so I thought I would start this baby while they checked out the Columbia Icefields. Wonderful day for all of us. 

All done the settee so Sharon and I are heading to Banff, Alberta for the day.

Danidh teak hand caned chair

This was a really neat set of six Danish teak chairs. The weaving took a whole lot longer than I thought it would. Really impressed with the finished look; lovely chairs. 

Laurie Blake Weaving Danish Cord Chair
Practicing for when we are Caning Canada with the Blake's. Just shy of 17 months until we hit the never ending road. 

I wonder if construction Dave will be fisherman Dave for the next shot like this. Maybe a river or ocean or lovely rainforest in the background instead of our greenhouses. Love it. Live it.
Working on a lovely set of Mid-Century Rosewood Model 71 Dining Chairs By Niels Moller being completed in Black Danish cord. 

Susan shipped her mother in law Nina's blind caned settee from Winnipeg for repair by Purolator. The settee will be blind caned in the standard seven step method to match the chair. Blind caning / french caning is when the holes of a hand caned chair do not go all the way through the chair frame. Each individual strand of cane is cut to size, woven and then glued into the holes. Holes are then pegged to provide the finished piece. Link to more photos. 

A copy of Nina's lovely Facebook review for Caning Calgary.

I highly recommend Calgary Caning and am absolutely delighted with Laurie’s expertise and exceptional restoration of my antique settee. I would not hesitate to entrust her with your most precious treasures. Thank you so much Laurie, I am so grateful for your artistry. Your skills are a rare find in a dying art. Thank you again so very much.

Best regards,


Where do I Find Caning Calgary?

5835 Silver Ridge Drive NW, Calgary Alberta, Canada

By Appointment


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5835 Silver Ridge Drive NW Calgary