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12th Annual Gathering

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TSWG Annual Gathering July 26-28, 2019


Seat Weaving: The Art and Industry

Exploring the Artsy side of seat weaving and the Industry side of seat weaving Workshop venue is the Glenn Community Center located in Glenn, Mi., mid way between Douglas and South Haven. Glenn has a fun history and is known as “the pancake town” when in 1937 a blizzard stranded over 200 motorists on US 31 and they filled the small town of Glenn seeking shelter. The citizens of Glenn took them in but food supplies were short except for a large supply of pancake flour. The fed the town and visitors pancakes for breakfast lunch and dinner giving Glenn it new nickname. We will hold our traditonal public demonstration and display on Sunday 7-28-2019 at the Douglas Old School House Museum in downtown Douglas Michigan. The museum will be open and a docent on duty while we demonstrate our craft and skills in the Garden at the museum on Sunday afternoon.

Workshop information will be posted as it is developed and finalized.


This area is know as the Art Coast of Michigan and is chock full of options for sightseeing. Plan to come and bring the family. There is much to do and see and you might want to extend your stay beyond the Annual Gathering scheduled days.


The South West Coast of Lake Michigan South Haven South Haven Visitor Bureau

Great beaches, shopping, movie theater, restaurants, art galleries Saugatuck/Douglas Saug/Douglas Visitors Bureau

Beaches, shopping, restaurants, art galleries, museums, theater Holland Holland Visitors bureau

Beaches, shopping restaurants, Windmill Island and the Dutch Village, museums

Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Visitors Bureau

Theater, Ballet, restaurants, Shopping

Other Attractions The Gingereman Raceway South Haven


We have reserved a small block of rooms at the Baymont Inn & Suites in South Haven for the weekend of our 2019 Gathering.

We are working on securing some other rooms at other hotels in the area. We will have a full list of local hotels posted here soon.

We encourage our members to book rooms soon as this area is a busy tourist destination in the Summer and rooms book up very early. There are many choices through Airbnb, VRBO, and Michigan B and B sites. Explore your options now and book early!

Look for housing options in South Haven, Glenn, Fennville, Saugatuck, Douglas and Holland for the best locations closest to our Gathering Venue.

The Art and Industry of Seat Weaving

Workshop demonstrations planned to date: (actual times for each workshop still being developed)


Friday afternoon and evening we will meet at the Red Spirit Retreat Center for an open house. Registration check in for the Annual Gathering and gather for a casual networking time together. 6491 118th Ave. Fennville, MI 49408 (269) 355-3339


Saturday Features: The Glenn Community Center 9am to 5 pm


  • Medallion Cane methods – Suzan Diaz will do a talk about putting in a medallion cane back. Suzan has given workshops in medallions for us in the past and puts together a very informative workshop on this very artsy side of seat weaving.

  • Bill Brick has agreed to talk about one of his more challenging medallion cane backs. In fact it is the one we are using for our Gathering logo for 2019.

  • Dying Reed - Sue Muldoon will do a workshop on dying reeds to add some creativity to your splint seat weaving. Danish Cord-

  • Mical Wilmouth Carton will do a workshop on Danish cord weaving. This is one of Mical’s specialties and is always a welcome workshop at our gatherings

  • Hand Twisted Cat Tail Rush- Cathryn Peters will give a talk about cat tail rush and demonstrate with cat tails gathered and cured by Jill Wooods. Jill and Cathryn will both talk about the process of harvesting and storing your cat tails.

  • Applying sheet cane to a barrel backed chair-Jill Wood


Side Lines:

  • Synthetic Cane- David Dick will talk about using synthetic cane. Addressing both cane quality issues and the use of alternatives such as synthetic cane when supplies are short and quality is low for natural cane.

  • Rush corners on pop out frames. Rhonda Voos

  • Alternative Weaving Materials- We will have a variety of alternative weaving materials for fun and creative seat weaving exploring the modern side of seat weaving. Moving seat weaving into the future as well as preserving the age old side of the craft. This will include creative ways to use the scrap we inevitable create so that less can go to waste and ways the seat weaver can turn scrap into extra income. This will be a participant activity. All attendees can bring their ideas and creative talents to this discussion.


The Annual members’ meeting will take place during lunch on Saturday


The Annual Banquet will be held at the Glenn Community Center starting at 6:30pm Saturday evening.

The dinner will be a pig and turkey roast done on site by a local resident with sides by the Farmhouse Deli in Douglas and dessert will be pies from the famous Cranes Orchards in Fennville Michigan


Sunday morning at the Glenn Community Center will be filled with helpful talks, a fun competitive event. It’s a surprise!


There will be an optional open house and lunch at Peerless Rattan. Ed and Cindy Hammond of Peerless Rattan have invited anyone who would like to visit their place of business and join them for a light lunch. Open house from 11am-1pm


Public Display and Demo- The Old School House Museum, Douglas MI


Our public exhibit and demo will be held in the garden at the museum from 1pm-4pm This is an important event for the Guild as it fulfills one of our Non-Profit missions to educate the public and promote the craft at our Annual Gatherings. Since this is an art coast venue our focus will be on the Art of Seat Weaving as well as the standard seat weaving examples. Please do volunteer to help with this event. This venue offers a good opportunity to show off our profession and craft to a lot of folks.

"Preserving & perpetuating the craft of chair caning and seat weaving!"
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