Our workshop at Milperra Road, Milperra houses an intriguing mixture of pieces being given a makeover. One chair is being stripped back, another is getting a new, handwoven seat, and lots of items are given the lively look by having them cleaned, polished, stained and varnished.
They can restore furniture made with split cane (cane with the skin intact that is cut in half to make slats and straps), rush ropes (originally made with reeds) or seagrass and wickerworks.
Lilia's speciality is hand-caning, a skill required mainly for antique chairs, which involves laboriously weaving cane strips between the holes on the seat's rim. If your chair seat doesn't have holes, it can be re-grooved and fitted with pre-machine woven cane mesh.
If you have an old bentwood chair with a cane seat in need of repair, the Nools can either restore the whole thing stripping, re caning, staining or French polishing, or simply replace the seat. They also repair baskets, in some cases quite large ones- they once restored the basket of a hot air balloon.