Alan Daigre, Woodworker

Alan Daigre, woodworker in Readyville, Tennessee, has created a line of chairs from his own design.  Each piece consists of a hardwood frame, joined by mortise and tenon. The individual hardwood blocks in the seat and back are woven together, through the frame, with a single aircraft cable, allowing the chair to adjust to the shape of the sitter.

His technique has been adapted to rocking chairs, dining chairs, bar stools, desk chairs, and a chaise. Each one-of-a-kind chair is finished with a six-step hand rubbed oil/urethane and wax finish that is easily maintained and repaired, if necessary.

Alan Daigre

Alan Daigre became as a professional woodworker after an extended career as a clinical social worker. His transformation began at a week-long chair-making workshop vacation 14 years ago. Since that time he has become well respected—and awarded—for his unique designs and excellent craftsmanship.

Alan has exhibited in the most prestigious juried fine craft shows east of the Mississippi, including the Philadelphia Invitational Fine Furniture Show, the American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and Atlanta, and the American Craft Exposition in Chicago.

Alan is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild—the oldest and most respected craft guild in the US—as well as the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, and the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild. He served on the Board of Directors for the Arts Center of Cannon County, and is currently on the boards of both the Cumberland Furniture Guild and the Stones River Craft Association.

In 2009, Alan was featured on the PBS television series “Tennessee Crossroads,” and has been interviewed in the Murfreesboro Post, The Daily News Journal, The Tennessean, and Nashville Public Radio (WPLN).

Awards

  • Juried Member – Southern Highland Craft Guild, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild
  • 2009 Best in Wood, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, Nashville, TN
  • 2004 Best in Show Runner Up, Prairie Arts Festival, West Point, MS
  • 2011 Best in Show, St. James Court Arts Festival, Loiusville, KY
  • 2011 Best in Show, Spoleto Arts Festival, Charleston, SC
  • 2007–12 Award of Excellence, Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, Pensacola, FL
  • 2012 Exhibitors Choice Award, Spoleto Arts Festival, Charleston, SC
  • 2004-07 Award of Excellence, White Oak Festival, TN
  • 2013 Tennessee Association of Craft Artists

National Juried Shows

  • American Craft Exposition, Chicago, IL
  • American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD

Board Member

  • 2010–Present, Cumberland Furniture Guild, Vice President
  • 2009–Present, Stones River Craft Association, President