Phone:          07790 984824

Susan I M Routh

Malcolm  Routh


Glebe Farmhouse


Nr Honiton


EX14 3EP

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I am now semi-retired and will NOT be accepting any further commissions,


but I'm still stocking white and raw riempies


November 2023 - just received 400 riempies from SA


See the 'Furniture for Sale' page for items for sale.



The landline is on answerphone due to the huge number of scam calls.


Please leave a message  or email:

or phone my mobile:  07790984824 and leave a message if I don't answer


Opening times:    Christmas is coming faster than the speed of light. 

Now we have 3 little granddaughters coming down with their respective parents. 

We need to make preparations for that light!

Closed:  From 18th December 2023 to 5th January 2024

or email:

I can recommend some alternative seat weavers. 

Especially, Brigitte Graham at Cane Corner, East Budleigh.    07561494983

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And I have succumbed to Twitter:
@suzandy7 but don't ask me how I get a link

We sell South African Riempies.  Both white and raw
Still have a large stock of white riempies and 8mm raw reimpie but 6mm raw is almost gone.

Go to Mail Order page for details



 We have a collection of childrens' chairs for sale in our small private showroom in Little Glebe.

Viewing strictly by appointment.


It's here; our new steamer chair.

This is the prototype and totally unique.

Hand made by Grant Newman of Newman Furniture, Camberly and finished and caned by us.

I was an Independent Phoenix Trader and selling all their wonderful cards, gifts and stationery.   Phoenix has now gone out of business but I still have a good stock of cards at our workshop. 


 About us

Barleytwist chair is now sold but we have lots more interesting chairs here at Little Glebe

See Furniture For Sale page for further details.

Now a member of the

Blackdown Hills Business Association

Susan (née Handy) - hence 'Suzandy' 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 holds a BA (Hons) in Furniture Restoration from Buckinghamshire New University.


What do we do?  Not any more!!

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 very 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 furniture.  She describes her methods of caning to be "historically correct"!

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 page.

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.

"Although not the cheapest or the quickest we have been told that our workmanship is second to none."


Replica Edwardian Steamer Chair

See News page for more details

May '14

Have now stained, varnished and waxed the chair; I am now caning the seat and back.


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, with character.

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!

All items for sale can be found on the

For Sale Page

We also have a very large selection of chairs that are "ripe for restoration" for those of you who would like to Do It Yourselves.

Fully restored sedan chair sold very successfully at auction in Exeter. 

See News, Events & Links page

for latest information and a growing local link section.


Where do we sell it?


Buckerell -  From our workshop/showroom at Little Glebe, Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Nr Honiton.

Please ring before visiting.



During the summer months.

For details of all the above see the


News Page


From South Africa.  What's that?  See Information & Prices page


South African Chair reseated with new white riempies

One from a set of 4 - Now Sold


Download instructions for DIY riempieing

What else do we sell?


Cane: - hand, beading, lapping and pegging 

Seagrass, real South African white riempies and raw riempie which is the same as rawhide


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.

We also have raw riempie or more usually recognisable as rawhide.

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.

Mail Order Page

A magnificent late 18th Century chair with a new raw riempie seat. 

Old Raw Riempie on the chair above before it was re strung



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Jacquard Woven 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.


Summer Beaches

Visit our 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 imagination.



Mail Order Prices

Now in Stock


Medieval to Monet

Flower Fairies to Fine Art

Cord seating and Rush Seating also available

Books & Kits

contents of cane kit

See the Kits and Books page for details



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A variation of the snowflake pattern

Joining new rush with a half hitch

Weaving the standard 6-way pattern

Environment, 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 generation. 

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 Somerset levels.

Invest in the future, recycle the past

We now accept all major credit and debit cards for orders over £10 + 2% for Credit Cards


The Heritage Crafts Association's president

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 the future

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Beautiful mahogany medallion back - before


 - and after


Morris outside Teapot cottage


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Please, if you copy ANYTHING from my website, would you please have the courtesy to acknowledge from whence it has come.

Rushed Seat - before


- and after



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Mobile:  07790 984824


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