Michael Dees has been weaving and caning chairs for over 35 years. His interest in art and handcrafts began when he was quite young, and he cites many family members as influences. Michael occasionally teaches at Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC. He uses natural cane, flat reed, fiber rush and other materials to cane and weave chair seats / backs and other woven furniture. He considers his work to be traditional and and is one of less than 100 professional master caners in the United States.