Well here it is folks: the Hall Frame reproduction. This was an incredibly fun project and was one that had a profound effect on me. Having actual contact with the original piece (made in 1909) and creating a reproduction in 2009 just made this project that much more special to me. As you can see above, the frame is a fairly accurate copy in terms of overall shape, size and proportions. Its pretty clear that John Hall did something to color his frame, as it has a distinct red color that is missing from mine. I also made a prototype out of alder which will be a gift for my mom, and you’ll see below how dramatically different the mood of the frame is when made with a lighter colored wood.
I am incredibly proud of this piece and would like to thank Darrell Peart for putting a picture of this piece in his book, since that’s where I first saw it. I would also like to thank Gary Hall (grand-nephew of John Hall) for giving me access to the frame. And I can’t forget to thank my buddy TreeFrog (Brad) for helping me take measurements and photos of the original, and also for exhibiting an enthusiasm equal to my own concerning this project.