Doug Lowman・ Chaircaning
Doug Lowman weaves chairs, rockers, and stools with lace and press-in cane, flat reed, and rush. He caned his first rocker in the early 1990’s, but became serious about caning about 2014 after retiring from Eastman Chemical Company. In addition to the traditional 7-way lace caning pattern, Doug also weaves advanced patterns including the Star of David, Lace, Honeycomb, Double Victoria, Daisy Chain, Double Daisy Chain, Hexagonal, and Daisies and Buttons. In addition to these traditional patterns, he also develops patterns of his own design, such as the vertical bar in a traditional 7-way pattern, the delicate 9-Daisy Square pattern, and a Daisy Plus pattern. His work has been juried into the National Carousel Fine Craft Show, Handmade Here Tennessee Craft Exhibits in Johnson City and Chattanooga, TN, and Tennessee Craft Summer Craft 2017 Exhibit in Johnson City. Doug also teaches chair caning classes. Through teaching these classes, Doug has experienced the joy of watching new students struggle and succeed to learn the art of the handwoven caning craft. He is a member of Tennessee Craft, Overmountain Weavers Guild, The Seatweavers Guild, Holston Valley Woodworking Club, and the Tri-Cities Wood Turners. Doug was awarded Best of Show at Summer Craft 2017 and an Honorable Mention at the Handmade Here Tennessee Craft Exhibit, both in Johnson City.
Doug lives in Telford, TN, with his wife, Deborah, and daughter, Rachael. In addition to chair caning, Doug also weaves along with his wife and daughter and works with his wife to make beautiful weaving tools including boat shuttles out of native and exotic hardwoods.