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Long select cane is generally lengths of 8 ft. and longer.
*Bleached (Hamburg) Cane is not recommended for chair seats.
Or try this quick method of determining cane size as found in the English book:Chair Seating, Techniques in Cane, Willow, Rush and Cords by Kay Johnson, Olivia Elton Barratt and Mary Butcher.
Count the number of holes within a six inch interval on the side rails. Holes can be drilled unevenly so be sure to take an average number by measuring several places on your chair.
Cane - Different Types
The Hamburg cane (also called Bleached cane) goes through a bleaching process that makes the cane initially whiter in color (it will oxidize and darken over time just as all reed and cane does) and more flexible than Natural cane. It will take a dye more evenly than the Natural cane. Hamburg cane is available in 500 ft coils.
Natural cane comes in different amounts - 25ft bundles, 500 ft coils (1/2 hanks or 1/2 coils) & 1,000 ft coils (hanks).
Click here: Cane Comparison Chart to see a comparison chart for the different widths available and the hole sizes that they are appropriate for when caning a hand cane chair.
The widths of cane can be listed in different ways, it might be listed by a millimeter size or by a name. You may see 3mm or Medium cane, they are the same thing. Slab Rattan and Binder cane are still cane just wider widths (4mm up to 10mm wide).
Where does cane come from? It is the bark of the Rattan vine. Please see this page: All About Reed for more information about the Rattan vine, how it grows and how it is processed.
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