Binding or wrapping cane is much like strand cane in that it is also made from rattan peel; but it has been cut wider and thicker. It is a very versatile material; it is used to cover the holes in hand caning, as a seating material using the tight weave technique, as a wrapping material on wicker and rattan furniture, and as a weaver for basketry. For the tight weave or twill weave technique, we recommend the book Splint Seats for Chairs. It requires soaking in water to make more pliable.
There are two types :
- Machined from the centre of the cane and is easy to stain (pith cane).
- Cut from the outer skin and is much stronger (half gloss, rattan peel).
We stock both Pith or Peel binding. Pith is a flat oval 5.5 to 6mm wide and Peel has the skin still on and is also 5.5 to 6mm wide.
Manau cane (rotan manau or Calamus Manan) is the best cane furniture manufacturing because of its thickness and density. Other varieties of cane do not have the strength that this manau provides.
Manau cane is very easily recognised, as it has a larger diameter than most canes and has a much smoother surface. Because of the tight fiber arrangement of the manau cane, it is much stronger than other canes and is much more resistant to stress and cracking. This tight tissue arrangement also results in high water resistance. This quality cane also allows for a wider selection of stains as lighter stains can be applied to the cane.
We stock manau cane in 26mm, 30mm 34mm and 36mm.