Kerry Pierce teaches you how to weave a traditional splint seat. The material she selected for this chair seat was an old friend of hers: 1/2″ rattan splint, a material she’s used to seat hundreds of chairs. Rattan splint comes from the same plant that produces caning material. The cane is the hard outer surface of the rattan vines; the splint is the woody material inside that vine. The best place to start the weaving process is in the house, rather than in the shop, because the loose coils of wet splint will pick up every bit of dust from your shop floor.
The Delaware chair in the May/June 2018 issue of Woodworker’s Journal features this unique seat.