Best Chair Restoration - 2008
Thousands of torn, worn, rent, bent, fractured, mangled, or otherwise broken woven-cane chairs have enjoyed new lives since Ah Sam opened for business in Hang Ah Alley. The firm's long tradition of superb craftsmanship has been responsible for the hand-tooled rebirth of countless wicker armchairs, stools, and rockers from across the city. Once fixed, they tend to stay fixed. One recent example, a beloved heirloom rocking chair, was brought in with a torn back, a sagging seat, a dislocated armrest, and a rough, splintered complexion; one week later it emerged from Ah Sam's workshop reset, rewoven, and as smooth and even as the day it was made. Located on the slopes of Russian Hill since 1952, the business is operated by a second-generation caner extraordinaire out of a small studio tucked inside a nondescript garage; call ahead for an appointment.