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Re: Rush Seating

Posted By: The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters <cathryn@wickerwoman.com> (spider-tn022.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 7/26/2 11:38

In Response To: Re: Rush Seating (mjohnson)

There are basically two types of rush seating materials that are used consistantly; cattail or bulrush, and paper fibre rush. Although cleaning methods are similar, wetting down the materials and washing them off with the hose is never an option and will not "tighten" the rushes!

Like Clay advised, use the vacuum and a wet cloth for both cleaning methods. And use a chair pad to extend the life of the seats, also every few years, reapply the finish. Make sure that the finish you are applying is compatible with the old one, or you will really have problems!

As to the reweaving of rush seats, as far as I know, I am the only person in Minnesota, at least southern Minnesota that weaves with individual cattail leaves or bulrushes. There are several around however, that do the man-made paper fibre rush.

Sorry to report though that after 26 years in business I have decided to get out of the day-to-day activities of weaving and will concentrate on giving advice through forums like these, and improving my "information only" wicker website.

Please take a look at my Wicker and Cane FAQ page for ways to find seatweavers in your area, and for reference books, suppliers and the like. http://www.wickerwoman.com/wickerfaq.html

http://www.wickerwoman.com 1-507-753-2006 Zumbro Falls, Minnesota (20 miles north of Rochester, MN) Soon to be living in Northern Minnesota after close of business on August 15th

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