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Sitting on the Edge of Patriarchy

“Say ‘goodbye’ to Patriarchy,” said my husband as he passed me the captain’s chair.

captain's chair

1977, a very special wedding gift from my parents. A suitably expensive Roxton maple dining room set; 4 chairs and a table. We have gathered around that table for the last 39 years.  We still love the table.  Whoever designed the chairs sure didn’t factor in how difficult the spindles would be to clean and how the knobs dig into the back of your hips.

About 4 years ago we bought new dining room chairs, finally giving up the uncomfortable chairs. We stowed them away in our garage. I hung onto them because I ‘didn’t want to break up the set’. Old thinking.

Only one of the chairs had arms. The Captain’s Chair. That’s where the Daddy sat. When my husband said “Say ‘goodbye’ to Patriarchy,” I had to laugh. We had had those chairs for nearly 40 years and that small fact of that one chair being the preferred chair hadn’t hit me so poignantly until just today.

Today I said goodbye to old thinking and sitting on the edge of patriarchy.



Caned Chair

Today’s project was repairing a caned chair.

IMG_9811I can’t even remember where I picked this chair up, probably at a yard sale. Don’t ever pick up old chairs at yard sales unless you are prepared to fix it yourself. The cost of someone else doing this would be, yikes!


This chair had good structural integrity so I thought it was worth the time.IMG_9815



It is a sturdy wooden chair. Worth a little elbow grease. Especially if you actually know how to do a cane insert, which I do.

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layer and layer of upholstery stuff

IMG_9821 IMG_9822Now starts the hard part!


the old caning being removed


the ugly old mess

IMG_9826It’s imperative that you get the groove totally gauged out. All the residue has to go.

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all ready to receive the insert

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Sanded, stained, varnished top. 

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laying in the sheet of rewoven caning

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trimming the excess reed

gluing in the spline

gluing in the spline

butted spline seam

butted spline seam

chair - 7Ever since I started to cane chairs over twenty years ago, this book has been my bible.