Having A Museum Quality Chair
By Ronnie P. Goff
April 13, 2006
You will now learn how to do an E - Z Splint Bottom
Chair with THE CORRECT STEPS IN ORDER which makes it much,
much easier, & faster to "SQUARE UP" the Splint Bottom Chair, &
weave the Herringbone
IMPORTANT NOTE: When a Binder Cane Chair, or a Splint
Bottom Chair with a Herringbone Weave has The Steps Woven
in the "CORRECT ORDER" there are absolutely no "STRUCTURAL
WEAKNESSES" in the sides of these chairs
from S 2 N period!
See Photographic illustrations below for the "STRUCTURAL"
* IMPORTANT NOTE: RUTH COMSTOCK BULLETIN ANSWER!
* 2. SEE RUTH COMSTOCK CHAIR CANING, & SEAT WEAVING
# 2 SPLINT SEATS ON HOME PAGE!
* ILLUSTRATION # 63
* "NOTE THAT WEAVING FROM SIDE TO SIDE
LEAVES SPACES AT THE FRONT
OF THE SEAT. THE SEAT SHOWN IN FIGURE 43 (SHOWN BELOW IN MY ILLUSTRATIONS)
AVOIDS SPACES AT THE FRONT BY WARPING SIDE TO SIDE, WEFTING BACK TO FRONT."
BELOW IN MY ILLUSTRATION FRONT TO BACK)
* MY METHOD IS EASIER, FASTER,
& SQUARING UP IS EASIER, & FASTER! IT SAVES
TIME, & EARNS $$$$$$$ EASIER, & FASTER!
"FEEDING THE WOOD!"
RAILS, & STILES ONLY!
"TACKING OFF THE SPLINT"
"STAPLING THE SPLINT
"CLINCHING THE STAPLED
SPLINT SEAT BOTTOM
CHAIR PREPERATION: Remove the
old Splint etc. from the Splint Seat Bottom of the chair frame!
Repair, "Feed The Wood", refinish, & reglue the SPLINT SEAT
CHAIR BOTTOM FRAME if absolutely necessary!
We begin by "Feeding the Wood" which has been covered up
Binder Cane / Splint for countless unknown years!
"Feed The Wood!"
Rails, & stiles only!
* FROM A SCIENTIFIC POINT OF VIEW Trees in Nature Require Moisture/
To Sustain Their Very Existence!
With Stapling Splices
you leave a spacing of 1/2' on either
side with Binder Cane / Splint!!! As illustrated with photographic
illustration you Staple Splice with Splint Three (3) times!
Binder Cane dead
center two (2) times with minimum spacing
of 1/2" on either side!
SPLINT BOTTOM AS YOU DO
THE SMOOTH SIDE
OF THE SPLINT GOES UP!
WHEN I UNDO AN OLE CHAIR
TO BE REWOVEN WITH SPLINT
I ESPECIALLY ENJOY THE ONES
THAT HAVE BEEN "PADDED"
WITH OLD NEWS PAPERS!!!
FOR SPLINT IT IS ROLLED UP
LIKE A LOG (A WEE BIT LARGER
THAN THE DOWEL) WITH MASK-
ING TAPE, & "PADDED" FROM
E 2 W (BACK @ FRONT) WITH
THE SHAPE OF THE SPLINT
YOU MAY ALSO USE FOAM; BUT
ONLY BLUE FOAM BECAUSE IT
DOES NOT DETERIORATE LIKE
WHITE OR YELLOW FOAM DOES!
WE USE AN ANTIQUE WASH
PAN TO THROUGHLY SOAK
OUR SPLINT BEFORE WE
BEGIN WEAVING IT!
AND WE USE AN ANTIQUE
STOVE TO HEAT OUR SHOP,
& AN ANTIQUE OVEN TO
OR COOK GOODIES!
SIDE 2 SIDE S 2
THE TABS STICKING UP
SHOWS YOU HOW
ARE DONE! ADDING SPLINT
WITHOUT STAPLING!!! LOCK-
ING IN PLACE!
WHY it is "PADDED
CORRECTLY" to guarantee maximum
Herringbone Splint Bottom Mule Ear Chair Life for YOUR CLIENT!!!
It prevent the Herringbone Splint Bottom from breaking around
the perimeter of the Binder Cane / Splint Bottom
by the Client's
weight from sitting in the Mule Ear Chair with a Binder Cane /
Splint Bottom over
a period of years!
With Staple Splicing Binder Cane / Splint you absolutely
stagger your Staple Splicing so that you can easily cover up the Staple
Spliced Binder Cane /
Splint when you begin "Squaring Up" with your
"Weft Step" which is weaving the Binder Cane
/ Splint from front to
It is absolutely unnecessary to splice splint together by stapling
after you stagger stapled your "Warp", & begin "Squaring Up" your
Splint Botton Chair is completed! It is "Self Locked" into
place, & will "STAY"
"Self Locked" into place!
you have finished weaving one strand of splint, & need
to add another piece you simply complete the splice
by the Splint
"Lock Step Method" which is simply weaving your splice into the
by going under three, over three, under three, & it is
"Locked" into place!
Then you simply hold that piece in place, &
weave it snug, tightly into place! Then continue Splicing,
ing" into place until you you complete your Herringbone Splint Bottom
Ear Chair! Absilutely no more Staples are ever necessary!
weaving process you will hide all stapled splices!
Example! If you are weaving, & a stapled splice is
in the fourth (4th)
row of your weave you simply weave over (4), under (2), over three
then continue to weave so that you will have a Museum Quality
Herringbone Mule Ear Chair upon complection!
"SQUARING UP" A SPLINT
BOTTOM MULE EAR CHAIR
WITH SHORT PIECES OF
SPLINT 1ST THEN YOU COM-
PLETE THE SPLINT BOTTOM
E - Z STEPS 4 DOING A
MULE EAR SPLINT
CHAIR WITH A HERRING-
BONE WOVEN PATTERN!
OVER 1, UNDER 3, OVER 3,
UNDER 3, ETC.!!! OVER 2,
UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3,
ETC.! OVER 3, UNDER 3,
OVER 3, UNDER 3, ETC.!...
E - Z STEPS CONTINUED...
OVER 3, UNDER
3, OVER 3, ETC.! UNDER
2, OVER 3, UNDER 3, OVER
3, ETC.!!! UNDER 3, OVER
3, ETC.! E - Z!
WE WILL COMPLETE OUR HERRING-
WOVEN SPLINT BOTTOM
CHAIR REPEATING THE E - Z STEPS
DONE EARLIER WITH WEAVING
OF SPLINT TO
FINISH THE OLE SPLINT CHAIR
* I am
a firm believer in SEAT WEAVING KISS (KEEP IT SIMPLE
STUPID) STEPS TM when "Sharing" Seat Weaving
Now that we
have staple spliced or Herringbone Splint Bottom
Mule Ear Chair, & have "CORRECTLY" "PADDED"
Mule Ear Chair we can begin to "Square Up" our Herringbone Splint
Mle Ear Chair doing the "Weft" (weaving vertical from front
to back, & you "Square up",
& begin doing your Herringbone Splint
Bottom Mule Ear Chair all in the very same step!
FOR "SQUARING UP" A SPLINT BOTTOM CHAIR
WITH A HERRINGBONE WEAVE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
# 1 IS YOUR "WARP STEP" FROM S 2 N (HORIZONTAL)!
STEP # 2 IS OVER
l, UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3 UNTIL YOU
COMPLETE YOUR 1ST (SHORT) ROW! FROM E 2 W (VERTICAL)
# 3 IS OVER 2, UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3 UNTIL YOU
COMPLETE YOUR 2ND (SHORT) ROW!
# 4 IS OVER 3, UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3 UNTIL YOU
COMPLETE YOUR 3RD (SHORT) ROW! IF NECESSARY!
# 5 IS UNDER 1, OVER 3, UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3
UNTIL YOU COMPLETE YOUR 4TH (SHORT) ROW! IF NECESSARY!
STEP # 6 IS UNDER 2, OVER 3, UNDER 3, OVER 3 UNTIL YOU
5TH (SHORT) ROW! IF NECESSARY!
STEP # 7 IS UNDER 3, OVER 3, UNDER 3,
OVER 3 UNTIL YOU
COMPLETE YOUR 6TH (SHORT) ROW! IF NECESSARY!
*When you get your
Splint Bottom "SQUARED UP" you
repeat the steps until your Splint Bottom is
*Please do not forget to weave the bottom identical to the
top! This is done for "STRUCTURAL' reasons!
THIS IS THE WAY YOUR
SPLINT BOTTOM WILL
LOOK AFTER WEAVING
THE SHORT PIECES OF
IS WOVEN COMPLETELY
FROM S 2 N WITH NO
THIS IS THE WAY OUR
WOVEN SPLINT BOTTOM
WILL LOOK WHEN WE
COMPLETE OUR VERY
THIS IS THE WAY YOUR E-Z
SPLINT BOTTOM (UNDER
SIDE) MUST LOOK WHEN
COMPLETED! THIS IS
DONE NOT ONLY FOR
BUT MORE IMPORTANT
DUE TO SPLINT BOTTOM