Repairs to cane panels

Unless a seat has been re-caned within 10 years and suffered a small, unfortunate accident, it is not worth repairing a seat. Panels are examined on an individual basis, for example on a Berger suite. If cane is old, dried out, becoming brittle, and has started to break, there is no point stressing the panel further by trying to repair it. An exception would be an old and valuable piece of furniture where part of the value is in its original cane work.
Repairs to the cane are priced by the hour and as a rule this is not cost effective compared with the lifespan and cost of a new panel.

I prefer not to stain new panels, as the cane ages naturally to a mellow colour within 3 – 5 years.
Exact colour matches are not possible, and a seat stained to match a back (for example) will change colour differently as both age, as will a repair.
To tone down the raw pale colour of new cane = £5/per panel (or, wait a couple of years!)
To match a panel to the rest of the chair = £15/per panel
To blend in a repair = priced by the number of patches. N.B It will not be possible to get a perfect, invisible match.

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