Binding Cane Wrap

Open Basket Weave

Open Danish Weave.

Resin Basket Weave

Spider Weave

Hand Cane

Herringbone Weave

Machine Cane


LEW TUT opened in San Mateo in 1938 by Mr. Lew Tut, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1936. Mr. Tut lived on Stockton Street with relatives from the same village, Toi-san. During the day, the group worked in the shops and stores in Chinatown. In the evenings, they would earn extra money by repairing and caning chairs.

Caning, an ancient Chinese art practiced for centuries by the ancestral village of the Lew family, is the specialty of the store. The craft of hand caning a piece of furniture takes not only care and patience, but also an understanding of the furniture’s strength—This strength is determined by the proportion of the furniture (shape and size)  along with the cane (shape and size) to build or repair strong furniture. This art has passed through three generations in the United States. Mr. Lew Tut opened LEW TUT with the encouragement and help of his son, Bing Lew. In San Mateo, it was a family business that eventually included the three generations working together to accomplish the American Dream.

Mr. Lew Tut’s grandson, Don Lew, is now continuing the tradition. Don Lew was born here in San Mateo, California. Second in the family of four children, he attended Beresford Elementary School and Hillsdale High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art Degree from San Francisco State University.

The store has expanded its scope under the guidance of Don. LEW TUT offers caning, rushing weaving rattan, and wicker repair. From experience and understanding of the material, Don Lew had brought the business to a new level with Works of Wicker (the retail portion of the businesses). Works of Wicker was open from 1992 and Don’s wife Nanette focused on the retail side, while Don kept up LEW TUT the repair side.  After many years of Works of Wicker and wonderful retail customers, in 2015 Don and Nanette decided to focus exclusively on the repair business, LEW TUT.


Cattail Rush

Danish Cord

Binding Cane Wrap

Seagrass Weave

Raffia Rush


Don is a miracle worker of wicker. He made my very tired and worn chairs new again. Highly recommend Don, he is pleasant and realistic with costs and timeframes. Kitten M.

Los Altos, CA

Looked for a shop to repair some wicker furniture that we really like and would hate to get rid of. Wasn’t sure what to expect as far as cost and whether anyone actually still could service them. I talked to the owner, Don, who was very informative and  discussed the issues I had. I decided t have Don do his magic, and after a short period, my furniture is better then new! Couldn’t be happier. Gary W.

San Mateo, CA

We have french cane dining chairs that are irreplaceable and needed them repaired. We were told these are the guys to re-cane and they did an amazing job. Definitely recommend them. Craftsmen at their best. A C S.

Burlingame, CA

I have a nice old wicker rocking chair, important to the family, which Don fixed so it looks just like the original work. Don is really pleasant to work with and produces top quality results. Pete K.

Manhattan, NY



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