Preserving and Caring for Antique Wicker Furniture “Once Antique Wicker Is Gone, It’s Gone Forever! You can’t make an antique and if you try, it’s simply a reproduction.” Try everything you can to care for wicker and preserve those fine antique pieces; repair, restore and refurbish. Sometimes all you need is to paint your wicker furniture or to clean it up; treasure your family heirlooms and flea market finds! And remember, you can’t make another antique to take it’s place, a reproduction is just that, a reproduction. For answers to your most pressing questions about wicker furniture care, how-to paint wicker, remove urine smell, or perhaps learn do-it-yourself repairs, check out the Wicker FAQ or Wicker Frequently Asked Questions page.Wicker Furniture Appraisal Service If your wicker repair shop does appraisals ask them what qualifications and certifications they have to back up this service. For a competent and valid appraisal, the person giving it should be a certified antique wicker appraiser. Their certification proves that they have done the research, taken the classes, and past all the tests, which also means they should be compensated monetarily for their expertise. Also ask what you will get in return for paying for their appraisal. Although I have been in the business of wicker restoration and sales since 1975, I am not certified to make appraisals on wicker furniture, and will not honor the requests at this time. However, I highly recommend Richard Saunders as a certified antique wicker furniture appraiser. He’s located in Savannah, Georgia and has been a certified wicker furniture appraiser since 1983. He’s also written six books on the antique wicker furniture industry is advertising his services on my National Furniture Repair Directory™, Wicker Experts section. For online appraisals or to do your own research, check out the websites I’ve listed on Wicker FAQ or do your own online research.What Do Antique Wicker Repairs Cost? Your restoration person will probably give you a repair cost estimate and an approximate time needed to complete to repair your antique wicker furniture for you. It may take days or months to completely restore your wicker piece depending on severity of damage, shop scheduling and other factors, but ask for an estimate on turn-around time. Ask for a receipt, a work order, or job order, something proving you left the item in their care. Here are some step-by-step pictures on how-to repair wicker furniture, to give you an idea of the process. If woodworking repairs must be done before the wicker repairs, many wicker restoration specialists or refinishers are also terrific woodworkers. Find your refinisher or woodworker here. National Furniture Repair Directory-Refinishing-Experts™ Or if they don’t do woodworking, probably can point you to someone that does. The same applies for painting wicker, some shop owners do their own, but many farm that expertise out. Ask your repair expert who they use and recommend to paint their antique wicker furniture.We at That Wicker Guy are determined to bring you the best quality Antique Wicker and Antique Rustic Furniture as found in the Adirondack Great Camps on the market today! Whether furnishing a Mountain Retreat, a Beach House or an Urban Condo, we have antique wicker and antique rustic furniture ranging from Country to Sophisticated to meet your specific needs. Wayne and Kathie are anxious to work with collectors, designers and decorators. Check out the website and give us a call. If you love antique wicker or great camp furniture as much as we do, we need to talk!The word “wicker” actually refers to the “act of weaving” with pliable fibers. Or, it’s the final woven end product such as a wicker table, chair, couch, lamp, or buggy, but it is not an actual weaving material. There is no such thing as a true material or plant called wicker. Frequently any type of round plant material such as willow or round rattan reed is referred to as having a “wicker weave” though. RELATED: Materials Used in Antique Wicker Furniture Heywood-Wakefield wicker chair Most antique wicker furniture is totally woven using either rattan reed or paper fibre rush on hardwood steam-bent frames.Aren’t Wicker and Cane the same thing? This kind of antique totally woven wicker furniture is not to be confused with “cane” seat chairs like the one pictured here. This chair is made entirely of wood with a handwoven hole-to-hole cane seat applied to the frame. It is frequently referred to as a “wicker seat” by the general public, but in reality should be referred to as a handwovencane seat chair. These primarily wooden furniture pieces with woven seats or backs are named after the pattern design and type of material used in the weaving, rather than the generic term, “wicker.” RELATED READING: Seatweaving #101 For the remainder of this woven wicker information resource page, we will concern ourselves with antique wicker furniture from the 1870s-1940s, made using primarily rattan reed and paper fibre.Answer:Here are some antique wicker dealer websites that list current prices for the wicker they have for sale on their websites. Check on Dovetail Antique Wicker, That Wicker Guy, Kovels.com to buy antique wicker furniture.Find an Antique Wicker Furniture Repair Expert There are very few antique wicker repair experts left across the nation, so when you do find one, be prepared to go on a waiting list for the appointment. To find out the quality of the work these experts perform, ask to see some recently completed pieces. Most antique wicker furniture repair experts will have a few samples of their work or have customer’s pieces with work in process that you can examine. Or ask to see their “before and after” photo album, or ask to speak with some of their customers directly.However, I highly recommend Richard Saunders as a certified antique wicker furniture appraiser. He’s located in Savannah, Georgia and has been a certified wicker furniture appraiser since 1983. He’s also written six books on the antique wicker furniture industry is advertising his services on my National Furniture Repair Directory™, Wicker Experts section.Answer: I highly recommend Richard Saunders in Savannah, Georgia as an antique wicker furniture appraiser. He has been a certified wicker furniture appraiser since 1983, and has written five books on the wicker furniture industry.You can still check in the many wicker furniture books, where wicker and cane experts are listed in the back of the books, arranged by state and specialty. Richard Saunders has written at least five books, all with experts and suppliers listed in each book and he’s a certified antique wicker furniture appraiser.Our restoration is professionally and painstakingly accomplished. We specialize in the repair and restoration of Antique American and Adirondack Great Camp Rustic Furniture. We do not work on contemporary non-American pieces. There are no shortcuts here. We are experienced in reweaving to match the original size, shape and pattern of the woven material. Further we specialize in repairing structural damage, such as broken legs, arms, and breaks to the post that attaches the arm to the seat frame. If Grandma’s rocker, or any other cherished family heirloom, is damaged, give us a call to restore it back to its original glory! How can we help you with your antique wicker and Adirondack rustic furniture needs? We are happy to work with you in developing your decorating plans. Have a question? Give us a call!Answer: Follow my “7 Handy Hints to Care for Your Wicker Furniture”, tip sheet which spells out exactly what to do and not do, to preserve your fine antique wicker heirlooms and flea market finds. Also, read on for more great hints and tips, answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive.The word “wicker” actually refers to the “act of weaving” with pliable fibers. Or, it’s the final woven end product such as a wicker table, chair, couch, lamp, or buggy, but it is not an actual weaving material. There is no such thing as a true material or plant called wicker.Answer: There are many, many types of materials used in the creation of wicker furniture, but the two main types of wicker materials are “reed” and “paper fibre.” Stick or Pole Rattan, Oriental Seagrass and Bamboo were a few of the others. For a more throughout discussion on the materials used in wicker furniture manufacturing, click on the articles page.Answer:The only fairly current wicker furniture price guide out on the market now is “Wicker Furniture from 1890-1930” by Tim Scott. Be sure to check out all the selections Amazon has to offer on wicker furniture, chair caning and basketry, too.Answer:To paint wicker furniture you can use either a brush and apply by hand, or you can use a compressor sprayer, or paint spray cans. Be sure to do any preparation of the piece before painting, such as removing flaking paint and using a primer coat before applying the paint. For more detailed instructions on painting wicker furniture see the Article called, How-to Paint Wicker Furniture.