Gwen Chafin began weaving white oak baskets as a way to spend more time with her father, Jesse Thomason. They would hike into the woods, cut down the white oak trees, and cut the splits by hand. She eventually became interested in chair caning and the various materials and patterns associated with the craft. Around this time her husband, Don Chafin, retired and decided to learn with her.
At the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, they began learning the art that would surpass being a hobby and become a full-time business. Now, joined by their son Jared, the Chafins take on projects from all over Alabama including splint weave, hand-laced cane, pressed cane, rush, and seagrass. They also sell single, double, and triple benches woven with various materials, except cane.