|Chairs Before and After|
The chairs need the blackened lacquer removed first and then new lacquer applied. Furniture refinishing, while messy and smelly, is not difficult. Some patience required and acceptance that the furniture is old therefore scratches, cracks and color differences are part of the appeal.
|Ready for caning|
The really slow part of this process is caning the seat. Caning was completely new to me so I purchased a book The Caner's Handbook by Bruce W. Miller and Jim Widess. It provides step-by-step instructions with pictures on the different styles of caning and I recommend it to anyone who wants to undertake a caning project. All the supplies needed to cane a chair can be purchased online.
Caning this sort of chair seat is a 7 step process. The first 3 steps are easy and relatively quick. The remaining steps get progressively more difficult as the tension on the cane continues to tighten as each layer is added.
I have completed refinishing on two more chairs and started caning one seat. My goal is to have the seats caned before Thanksgiving (this Thanksgiving, 2011). I'll keep you posted.
|1st pumpkin 2011|
I did keep the a garden alive through the record breaking summer and have a few pumpkins as well as both sweet and hot peppers to show for the water bill. The fall tomatoes are blooming but haven't set any fruit yet.
Hopefully this tiny pumpkin will be sufficient for a loaf of pumpkin bread.