John Hall Inspired Frame

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The latest issue of Popular Woodworking has Marc Spagnuolo’s article on reproducing John Hall’s mirror frame. John and his brother were the artisans who produced G&G’s designs but this frame is John Hall’s own design.

I wanted to frame two tiles that we bought while attending the Craftsmans Weekend in Pasadena last October and thought it appropriate to make it in the John Hall style. However, I didn’t use all of the features because John’s frame was made for a mirror so all the elements of the frame were really the attraction. In my case I didn’t want the frame elements to detract from the tiles – the tiles were the feature so I tried to make the frame a little more subdued by not using the slots and by making the “puzzle” joint flush instead of proud. It was an interesting exercise in adapting to the purpose. The wood is walnut and the finish is shellac.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 04:41 PM

Great Job !! The frame, wood & tiles go very well together.

You did a superb job!!

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#2 posted 06-26-2009 08:00 AM

Hey Phil …I like it … thought about making one like this myself

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#3 posted 06-26-2009 02:13 PM

Hi Phil – Nice interpretation!

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#4 posted 06-26-2009 03:25 PM

Thanks guys – Darrell you are up way early. Hope its an indication your shop is busy.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 05:26 AM

Agreed! Great interpretation! I would have never thought to make it a double frame like that. This is what makes Lumberjocks great!

Thanks for sharing Stanley.

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 05:29 AM

well done looks good

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 05:33 AM

Great job on the frame and your interperation for the tiles.

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#8 posted 10-04-2009 09:07 PM

Nice work, Phil.

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