Jeremy inherited this lovely rocking chair from his grandparents.
Actually, it's kind of a sad rocking chair. As you can see, the caning is coming out.
The arms are a bit high. And I'm not sure what happened to the rockers. It kind of looks like someone attached slightly warped boards to the bottom of a regular chair to make it a rocker - meaning, it doesn't really rock much. But hey, it's got loads of character!
We've talked about re-caning it someday, but frankly I'm not interested in spending the time/money/energy to learn that skill. (Does that make me a bad homesteader?) Besides, I've got some crazy sewing skills and I'm starting to think just about any problem can be solved with a needle and thread (or duct tape).
So I grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen and cut out the rest of the caning. (I'm sure that's how the professionals do it.)
Then I made up a canvas seat that wraps over the top on all four sides and ties together under the seat.
It seems to work just fine. I might make a nicer one someday, but at least we don't have to worry about falling through the seat anymore!