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 

The Easter bunny is a hopping
If your woven seat is a flopping
No need for your smile to be dropping
On to Caning Calgary for a new seat topping 
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?

Susan is shipping her mother in law Nina's blind/French caned settee from Winnipeg for repair by Purolator. The settee will be blind/French caned in the standard seven step method to match the chairs. I can't wait to receive this lovely piece of art and start working on it. Stand by for more photos it will be beautiful.  

David pointed out that I should explain that 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.


Looks like this lovely work of art will be arriving next week. Susan is having UPS package Nina's french/blind caned settee with hanging medallion and shipping it from Winnipeg to Calgary for a little loving attention from a specialty weaver. I'm getting pretty excited to start work on this piece.after David gets it all cleaned out and the hanging medallion positioned. I'm so lucky to be doing something I love. 
Link to more photos, Bev is the proud new owner of the 1860's G.P. Walters & Co. hand caned rocking chair. G.P. Walter & Company manufactured chairs out of Bowmanville, Ontario from 1861 to 1867 dating this stamped chair to just over 150 years old. Caning Calgary secured the chair and then replaced the hand cane seat and back prior to donating it to the silent auction to benefit the Abby Award Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/Abbyawardfoundation/… Thank you Bev for showing such an interest in my work.

Chair designed by Hans Wegner CH 23 and crafted by Carl Hanson & Sons in Denmark. Caning Calgary is replacing the weaving of a lovely set of eight. Link to more photos. 

How does Caning Calgary determine weaving charges?

I received a call from a refinisher in British Columbia confirming what I charge to replace pre-woven cane. They were concerned that my price hasn't changed in years. It seemed like the individual was trying to convince me to increase my prices as replacing pre woven cane is a lot of work. It is true it is a lot of work. It is a lot of work to complete any of the weaving styles I offer. I charge what I believe is a fair price, for quality workmanship, in a timely manner just like my website says. I keep my prices as they are so that repairing woven pieces is attainable for hopefully anyone and I am making a decent wage and paying my bills. Granted for some weaving projects I make less than minimum wage; I choose to do this as I enjoy what I do and I want everyone to be able to have their woven furniture repaired if it is required. Have yourselves a truly awesome day.

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