Alan 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. Alan has since become well respected—and awarded—for his unique designs and excellent craftsmanship. He 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 has served on the Board of Directors for the Arts Center of Cannon County, is the past treasurer and current vice president of the Cumberland Furniture Guild, and is the current president of 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).
- 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
- 2010–Present, Cumberland Furniture Guild, Vice President
- 2009–Present, Stones River Craft Association, President