Jan 2014 - Prices of our restored
chairs in Abingdon House greatly reduced. See
Events & Links Page.
Barleytwist chair is for sale.
Currently in our pitch in Abingdon House
antiques centre in Honiton.
Furniture For Sale page for further details.
Now a member of the
Blackdown Hills Business Association
Susan (née Handy) and Malcolm Routh; a
husband and wife team based in Buckerell, Nr Honiton, Devon
We moved from Maidenhead, Berkshire in May
2013 which has proved very popular with people en
route from London and home counties to Devon and Cornwall.
Susan is an Associate Ordinary member of
BAFRA and holds a BA (Hons) in Furniture Restoration from
Buckinghamshire New University.
What do we do?
We replace woven seating to chairs, stools etc
using Cane, Seagrass, Danish and other paper cords and Riempie. We are also
able to make some repairs to Lloyd loom and 'wicker' and undertake a limited
amount of rushing.
Sue specializes in the exacting finishing
styles of French and continental caning and has a particular interest in
Thonet and other bentwood
We are able to carry out some structural repairs
and restoration using traditional techniques and materials.
to get an idea of the cost of reweaving a seat visit the
Information & Pricing
If we can't fix it we can recommend someone who can. See the
Links page for other restorers and interesting websites.
I am gradually adding links to sites local to
us here in the South West.
not the cheapest or the quickest we have been told that our
workmanship is second to none."
Replica Edwardian Steamer Chair
for more details
If you would like us to quote for seat weaving, please
email photos to email@example.com
What do we sell?
Interesting antique and vintage pieces, mainly chairs. Especially
child/doll-size and folding chairs i.e. steamer chairs - the smaller and
more interesting the better, although we do have several larger chairs,
We always have a stock of small Victorian bedroom chairs which make
ideal occasional chairs for entertaining, especially at Christmas. But
be sure to put your most delicate guest on the most delicate chair!
items for sale can
be found on the
We also have a very large selection of chairs
that are "ripe for restoration" for those of you who would like to Do It
Fully restored sedan chair sold very
successfully at auction in Exeter.
See News, Events & Links page
for latest information
We now have
Black Danish cord in stock
we sell it?
Buckerell - From our
workshop/showroom in Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Nr Honiton.
Please ring before visiting.
House Antiques Centre at the bottom of Honiton High Street.
For news of a move to a different part of
Abingdon House see the News,
Events & Links Page.
During the summer
For details of all the above see
From South Africa.
What's that? See
Information & Prices page.
African Chair reseated with new white riempies
One from a set of 4
instructions for DIY riempieing
What else do we
Cane: - hand, loom, beading,
lapping and pegging
Danish cord - 3mm, 4mm and 5mm
and laced and unlaced
Seagrass, riempies etc
Infact, most seat weaving
We recognize that there are many of you out there who can Do-It-Yourself
but only need enough materials for one or two chairs.
Therefore we are happy to supply small quantities of anything that we
stock, in particular cane and Danish cord.
Why buy enough for 4 or 5 chairs when you only have one that needs
re-seating? Of course larger quantities are also available.
We also have raw riempie or more usually recognisable as
Raw rimpie is the
correct material for antique South African chairs. It is a little more difficult to use
but still easy as a DIY project.
Rawhide is the traditional material used on North American
canoes. We have both 6mm and 8mm widths.
magnificent late 18th Century chair with a new raw riempie seat.
Riempie on the chair above before it was re strung
Belgium Tapestry panels
Over the years many clients have expressed a wish to use
unfinished tapestry panels to make their own cushions (or take to
a soft furnishing specialist).
We believe that we have sourced the very best quality tapestries
and tapestry fabric available.
Visit our new Belgian Tapestry page.
The panels will
make into beautiful pictures with an added dimension.
The scope of use
for these unfinished tapestry panels is limited only by your
Now in Stock
Medieval to Monet
Flower Fairies to
Cord seating and Rush Seating also available
Books & Kits
See the Kits and Books
page for details
A variation of the
Joining new rush with a
standard 6-way pattern
Education and Aims
We have always promoted the green side of furniture restoration in
general and, seat weaving in particular. Antique caned and rushed
chairs were made when labour and materials were cheap; they were always
intended to be reseated thus keeping them clean and fresh for the next
There is now an environmental impact caused by the use of rattan cane
and seagrass in mass produced modern furniture.
For instance, the over use of rattan has caused problems of depletion in
the forests of Indonesia. Likewise, the over use of seagrass is causing
problems in the areas where it is harvested. As with turtle shell and
ivory, it would be a shame if these materials were no longer available
for antique furniture because of modern fashions.
But what could be more sustainable that reseating a chair with rushes
cut from the Thames near Wantage?
During the November
Antiques Festival, we had a small
display of our collection of
Thonet chairs in our
'Pitch Up At The Top' of
Abingdon House Antiques Centre.
All our restored Thonets which are for sale are still up in our pitch, so
you haven't missed out entirely.
Although the Festival is
over, there is still lots to see in all the 14 or so antique shops and 3
or 4 antiques centres.
itself is a great place to shop, described recently as a "real,
traditional English town".
There is also very interesting Museum.
Click here to
download a free,
full colour guide and map to the Antiques Festival, which shows all the participants, opening
hours, specialities, where to park, where to eat etc.
Furniture for Sale page to see
the Thonets which were in the display, including those still there and for sale.
We now accept all major credit and debit cards for orders
over £10 + 2% for Credit Cards
The Heritage Crafts
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
At its Spring Conference on 19 March 2011, the HCA announced the
Prince of Wales as its inaugural President.
The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional
heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key
agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and
guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional
crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for
There is now an international movement, known as 'Antiques are Green'
and we hope to become more involved and promote this aspect of the green
agenda at every opportunity.
Hopefully, encouraging the revival of interest in and, sales of antiques
in the process!
Invest in the future, recycle the past
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