About

The Chair Repair is a family business run by two generations of weavers. We provide over 90 years of combined experience to restore your furniture. We do all of our own repairs in our shops located in Greater Seattle. We do not use subcontractors for any of our projects. We stand behind our work.

History

Established in 1975.

Pat Webber began The Chair Repair out of her home in Bellevue, Washington. Today, her son Del Webber has become the owner and operator of the business and is one of the few remaining artisans doing this kind of work in the Pacific Northwest. It is the mission of The Chair Repair to restore and retain the emotional and cultural heritage that furniture can possess for collectors, families and individuals.

Meet the Business Owner

Del Webber

Del Webber has been weaving and restoring furniture for over 40 years. He began a career in chair weaving when a friends mom presented him with a challenge: a broken caned seat. Driven by the pursuit of excellence as well as the desire to prevent more furniture from ending up in land fills, Del has been pursuing mastery in the woven arts ever since. He began The Chair Repair with his mother, an avid weaver as well. Today, he works with an apprentice who will continue the legacy and lost art of woven chair restoration and reconstruction. Beyond chairs, Del uses stone as a canvas to weave on. His work in sculpture and fine arts can be seen at galleries in the Seattle area, as well as across the world.

Meet the Apprentice

Janelle Abbott

Janelle Abbott has been working for The Chair Repair since 2013. She has studied under Del Webber in learning the art of weaving including hand caning, wicker, Danish cord, some rush, rawhide, split, among many others materials and methods. Janelle grew up in the Pacific Northwest and studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Aside from working on chairs, Janelle creates art and fashion on her own under the name JRAT, as well as in collaboration with LA based artist Camilla Carper under the name FEMAIL.