The Sedona Heritage Museum hosts many events for the community ranging from Christmas in the Park to the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair!

Chair Caning Demo- Mondays at the Museum @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


The art of hand caning chair seats is thought by some to have been brought by Marco Polo from China to the Western world. Cane is the outer fiber of the rattan vine, which grows in Malaysia and Indonesia. This fiber, including the bark, is split into long strips and the caner weaves these strands through holes drilled around the edge of the seat to form a strong, yet flexible and comfortable surface. Dale Compton, a part-time resident of Sedona, has been hand caning chairs as a hobby for eighteen years and has caned nearly 50 chairs. He obtains the chairs from flea markets, garage sales and friends, often as derelicts in poor condition. He then repairs, rebuilds and refinishes the chairs prior to caning so that the final product is both attractive and functional. He will demonstrate the steps for hand caning a traditional chair seat, a hobby that requires time and patience, but very few tools.

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