Welcome to Barrdale Furniture Restorations
Where the love of wood never fades
The rushes used for seating are harvested in July and August, dried and packed in bundles or 'bolts' between 7-8 feet long. Most of the rush we use is harvested from the fen country and the River Thames. The raw material is the English green rush or Scirpus Cacustris Unlike caning, rush is worked with slightly damp and is continually twisted to a uniform using one, two or three strands together all knots (tying one rush to the next) are made underneath the seat.
When first completed a rushed chair has a beautiful appearance with the rush showing many shades of colour ranging from the predominant green to yellow and brown.
With time these colours fade to the fawn shade we usually associate with rush.
Rush chairs can appear deceptively simple to restore, however each rush varies in thickness and the rushes have to be woven together expertly to maintain a uniform, neatly woven appearance. There is an enormous difference between the finished product of an expert and even a craftsperson of moderate skill. The woven rush should be of uniform and also the pattern should be uniform with no gap in the centre of the seat and no sagging.
If you have a cane seated chair in need of replacement or restoring whether it be hand and machine woven.
Please contact Dale Brooks today !
For further details of our furniture repairs and restorations, simply call our Oxford workshop today on 01865 349062 or email us
Why Choose Us?
We are a family run busIness based in Oxford with over 30 years experience offering:
A Professional service
If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us:
Monday - Friday
7.30am - 7.30pm
7.00am - 5.00pm
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tel : 01865 349062
Mobile 07483 415299
Chiltern Business Centre Garsington Road
Oxford OX4 6NG
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