Weave Wicker for Money

By Eric Hammer

A caner is someone who weaves wicker for money. In essence, you would work at creating all kinds of wicker furniture by weaving the wicker material into and out of the frame on any kind of piece of wicker furniture. There is also a very big market in second market caning for those who can weave wicker for individuals wishing to rescue a favorite chair or piece of furniture.

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WickerGiven that wicker furniture has been around for centuries and it continues to be popular, it is generally a good bet that someone who knows how to weave wicker will always be able to find work. The profession is quite rarefied and as such, you can generally find plenty of work doing repairs, especially if you are able to match fibers (an important thing to recall is that wicker is not actually a single kind of fiber. In fact, it is often not fiber at all but is instead occasionally made of plastic. The important thing is that you know how to weave wicker with all these materials and to match it as closely as possible).

How Much Can You Make?

The average salary for a caner (again, someone who knows how to weave wicker) is around $31,000 per year according to MyMajors.Com.

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Remember that you need to have an eye for detail when working to weave wicker. It's important for the patterns to match and for the material to be of the same kind and thickness. You'll also find that many people who weave wicker do the work as a hobby. It is possible to do the same yourself if you wish to earn money on the side rather than becoming a wicker weaver as a full time profession.

Learning to weave wicker is fortunately not a very difficult thing to do though as there are tutorials available even online which can teach you everything that you need to know about how to build such furniture. One can start with weaving baskets and later learn how to build more complicated furniture. You could also eventually learn how to repair antique wicker furniture, which is where the bigger money comes from.

Qualifications / Requirements

The only qualification to become a caner is that one must know how to weave wicker. You can generally take a class at a community college on the subject, or apprentice with someone who does it professionally.

First Steps

Start by finding either a class on how to weave wicker or a professional caner willing to train you in how to build wicker furniture. The important thing is that you need to learn the ins and outs of the profession and as such, you'll do best to get experience before you strike out on your own trying to earn money for being able to weave wicker.


Check out these helpful resources to learn more about making money when you weave wicker:

Wicker Woman - An excellent website which provides you with everything you need to know about how to weave wicker.

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