From 24th May 2013 we shall be living
and working from
Glebe Farmhouse, Buckerell, Nr
Honiton, Devon. EX14 3EP
From Thursday evening of 23rd May
until Saturday morning 26th May, we may not be able to take your calls.
We shall be driving or unpacking. Please continue to email and we
will get back to you as soon as possible
Our mail order materials will be
the last to be packed and the first to be unpacked.
We already have a growing
'Devon-centric' waiting list. If you have a chair that needs
reseating, please don't wait for us to move before contacting us.
Please continue to
or phone 07790984824 for all enquiries.
We shall be coming up and down to
Maidenhead for the foreseeable future, therefore will be able to take
some commissions from this area if you are happy to fit in with our
Business Association at the Honiton Show
Come and meet us in
the BHBA marquee at the Honiton Show
Now a member of the
Blackdown Hills Business Association
Susan (née Handy) and Malcolm Routh; a husband and wife team
based, at present, near
Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire. From 24th May we
shall be in Buckerell, Nr Honiton, Devon
For the latest move, see the
'News, Events &
Susan is an Associate Ordinary member of
What do we do?
Specialize in replacing and repairing seating to chairs, stools etc
using Cane, Seagrass, Danish cord - laced and unlaced and Riempie. We are also
able to make repairs to Lloyd loom and 'wicker' and undertake a limited
amount of rushing.
We are able to carry out some structural repairs
and restoration using traditional techniques and materials.
Information & Pricing
to get an idea of the cost of reweaving a seat.
If we can't fix it we can recommend someone who can. See the
Links page for other restorers and interesting websites.
not the cheapest or the quickest we have been told that our
workmanship is second to none."
If you would like us to quote for seat weaving, please
email photos to
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
Fully restored sedan chair sold very
successfully at auction in Exeter.
See News, Events & Links page
for latest information
we sell it
- until 24th May 2013
From our showroom in
Belmont Vale - open by appointment only. Or from our home/workshop.
House Antiques Centre at the bottom of Honiton High Street.
From 24th May from our new home in Buckerell,
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
mahogany medallion back - before
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Rushed Seat - before
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