About the Artist :: Wayne Hall

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All of my rustic furniture work begins in the woods where the trees are. The patterns of growth and spatial relationships inform all the designs I work out in the studio. Although comfort and structural integrity are important in my work, the purpose is artistic.

The rustic furniture style gives me permission to work in the woods as an artist. This work is exciting, mysterious and playful to me, as nearly all creative work, however important or sophisticated, still feels like play to the engaged artist.

I want my pieces to evoke some of the vitality, mystery and sometimes serenity of the out-of-doors for those who encounter and live with them.

Nearly all my work is made of red maple saplings and twigs, using strong mortise and tenon joinery. Dowels, pegs, bronze nails and screws may be used to attach small pieces and enhance structural integrity.

Trees for peeled work are cut in the spring when the sap is flowing and bark slips off cleanly. I cut wood in the winter to retain the bark; the sap is down and adhesion is greatest.

Watco Danish Oil provides a finish requiring only damp wiping to clean, although wax or polish may be applied for more sheen if desired. Cotton shaker tape seats are cushioned with foam for comfort.

Maple is not known for decay resistance; my work is recommended for indoor use unless a weather resistant finish is requested on commission. Then a covered porch should provide enough protection if the finish is maintained and exposure limited.

My pieces are one-of-a-kind works carefully designed and crafted by hand. Only a limited number can be produced each year. Treated as you would any fine furniture, these pieces should last indefinitely; they may even become heirlooms or tomorrow’s antiques.