Sunday, December 27, 2009

Just an Update

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Holidays from the Andersons!
We have had a totally messed up month. It started when we went to Ga for a soccer tournament on the 5th & 6th. The car went south in the motel parking lot and after having it towed to a reapir shop, they told us it would be $3,500. for repairs. We said NO and had it towed to a storage lot and rented a car to return home. Last weekend # 1 son and I drove a truck down and towed it home for repairs. I can repair it here for @ $500. Some markup.
So I'm about 3 weeks behind now but life moves on and so we will too.
Rob & Judi

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nice Email From Customer

Hi Rob,

It was great to meet you today. I love the chair and the repairs you did. If you ever need a testimonial, I will be more than happy to provide one.


Charlotte Glassman

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hickory Furniture Bench.

The customer obtained this bench from a school she taught at years ago and the seat finally went away. We replaced the seat to match the back pattern and along the way, found the Hickory Furniture stamp on the back leg.Just needs staining to match the back.

Oval Table

This was painted several times. We removed much of the paint from the base to be repainted and took the top back to a natural look with new braid around the edge.

Bar Stools

Here are 2 bar stools that we replaced the seats in. They were done like the backs but the customer found out they weren't very strong so we changed the seats to a more standard weave that should hold up much better.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Stopped by the local thrift store and found this deck chair and decided I couldn't let it pass. I never know when I will ever get to MY projects but will post a picture as soon as it's finished.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Willow Porch Swing

This swing hung on a covered porch for years. When the seat started to go, the owner added wood under for extra support but I think also helped to trap moisture in the seat making it rot faster.The spokes from side to side are all rotted and broken and many of the spokes in the back and arms are broken also.

Willow Porch Swing

We have replaced the seat, new spokes from side to side and replaced the broken spokes in the back and sides. It's back on the frame without the extra wood so it can get the air around it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Round Reed Rocker

Here is the rocker as it was dropped off. Most of the spokes are broken across the front. The whalings across the back part are broken or brittle. The decision was made to remove all this and reweave the whole thing.

Round Reed Back Rocker

Here is the rocker with all new reed in the seat & back in the origional pattern. After the picture, we stained and sealed it to match what we removed. Just after this was taken, another customer dropped off a childs rocker with the exact same pattern.

Drop Off Day!!

Just a picture of the items a customer dropped off. Clean, oll the wood, all new seats, some new rockers and broken rungs. Yes, it's all from one person!

Chain Back Child Rocker

This is just another of the childs rockers done with the chain stitch in the back.I haven't done one of these in a few years and this is the second one like this is a month!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Here is our 16 year old Grandson doing his first chair. He has decided he wants to learn how to do this type of work so I have been letting him do some things like taking out the old seats to see how he likes the work. This is his first seat on his own with just a little help when needed. His goal is to make enough to pay for soccer camp in August. He really is a great kid!


Here is his finished chair. It just needs a little tweeking to get the rows tight but a great job for his first one.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Round Reed Chair Backs

These chairs have round reed uprights which are woven across with reed in a double weave. The old backs had broken on 2 chairs because they were getting brittle so the customer decided to have all 4 done at this time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rolled Arm Rocker

This rocker came to us after sitting in storage for years. The reason for that is the bent wood piece from the upright to the seat that supports the arm had broken into 3 pieces. We will remove the broken parts and glue them together and try to use them to make a pattern and bend a new one, then repair any broken spokes and weavers and a new seat.

Rolled Arm Rocker

Here is the rocker with a new steam bent arm support. We used the old pieces to line up the holes for the spokes in the arm roll. Many of these had to be replaced first, then we fixed the broken weavers in both arms and some of the double weave. A new seat, seal, stain and finish!

Magazine Holder

This armchair had a bad magazine holder. Someone had tried to repair and ended up breaking most of the spokes. It was simpler to take it all off and make a new one.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Round Reed Dining Chairs.

Here is an email I received from our customer;

I have been meaning to write you for weeks, every time i sit down in our refurbished chairs.
they look great, you did a terrific job, and we are delighted to be able to use the chairs we already liked instead of spending alot of money for replacements that would not have matched the table.

many thanks
martha and harry

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Seagrass Chairs

One of a set of chairs that had real rush bottoms. The rush had become brittle and broke in many areas, especialy across the front like most chairs will. We used the seagrass as a replacement for the origional rush and after the picture, sealed and added a little color to calm down the "newness" till the seagrass starts to turn color.

"Chain Stitch" Childs Rocker

This cute childs rocker had whats called a "Chain Stitch" in the back that had broken a long time ago. Only about half was left. We made a pattern to form new reed pieces and assembled them to the back. Once the dowels on top, bottom, and sides were wrapped with new 1/2 round reed to cover the nails, it is ready for stain and sealer.

Round Reed Dining Chairs

Here is one of a set of 4 that we did. As in most cases, the bottoms gave out before the backs so we removed the bad back to a safe area, then added new reed. These are on wrought iron frames. With a little stain and sealer, ready fof use!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NC Museum of History

Here I am doing our demonstration at the NC Museum of History over March 20-22. We had a great time and answered many questions from young and old alike. We were also fortunate to have a very nice piece written up in the Mon,23, edition of the Raleigh News and Observer by Marti Maguire.If you would like to read it and see the pictures, go to and put Rob Anderson in the search box. You should find it.

NC Museum of History

Here's a picture of the whole display. We were set up just inside the main enterance. You can't see it but right above us was a full size model of the Wright Bros airplane complete with pilot!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Splint Rocker

Nice old rocker. Had a fibre rush seat but we changed it for the customer by using the splint instead. It changes the look and better matches some other items they have. Stain and clearcoat, good for another 100,000 miles.

Hand Cane Oak Rocker

Very nice oak rocker. Recaned and ready for stain or leave alone to age naturally, like me.

4 English Pub Chairs in Seagrass

These English Pub Chairs had what was left of real rush seats. In talking to the customer, we decided to use the seagrass instead. This is considered to be a replacement for real rush in that it looks very much like rush and is easier to use. Don't confuse this with fibre rush which is made from twisted paper.This is a natural material.


This is an oak chair of the type used in a lot of taverns years ago. If this chair could talk. Caned ready for stain and more years of use.


These are 8 plywood frames, about 1/2 thick that fit on the frames. Sent to us from Tenn. The corners are filled before you can weave like a normal seat. After the picture, they were sealed and stained to match the old color and back to Tenn.! We received the following email:
"Hi Rob,Just want you to know that we love the chair seats. They look great on the chairs - just like the originals. The whole family is delighted. Thanks so much for your good work.
Your Welcome!


As you can see, this is a Ladies Rocker needing hand cane on the seat. The back was in fine condition. We caned the seat and stained to match the back.


Well it's the start of a New Year. Many things have changed already. For one, I have filed for my Social Security! Now I feel old. My oldest Grandson has turned 16, he can't be driving a car. It was just last week I was picking him up from elementary school, wasn't it? We also have been asked to give a program at the NC State Museum of History on March 20-22 from 1-3 each day. If you are in the area, please come and see us.
Rob & Judi