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TOP ROW: Volunteer Marsha Foregger carefully reworks a Danish weave, an unusual job for the Sage Eldercare furniture repair shop. The shop volunteers mostly
do caning and rushing, two types of fiber weaving common on antique chair seats. MIDDLE ROW: The skilled hands of volunteer Eck Goh at the meticulous task
of caning a new seat; Goh and Edward Fernandez perform different parts of the seven-step caning process. BOTTOM ROW: Bob McAnally works on a painstaking
upholstery project; Tom O’Brien, former chief of police of Scotch Plains, uses a ball-peen hammer while rushing to ensure the paper is tightly woven. OPPOSITE
PAGE: Shop manager Al Kessler looks over a rack of bamboo strips that will be used for caning.
At Sage Eldercare, retirees learn a skilled trade and give
antique chairs a new life. By Joanna Buffum