Earl Hall – Creator of Elegant Rustic Home Decor
Earl was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Chicagoland area. As a teen Earl was interested in design, metal art and auto racing. He learned to weld in high school and after graduation he became an apprentice and later a journeyman pipefitter in the Chicagoland area. It was at this time he was educated in the welding of all types of metals. Also at this time Earl began his auto racing career, designing racecar chassises and engines for himself and others. Earl was drafted into the Army in 1968 and was stationed for 2 years at historical Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona. Here he fell in love with the southwest and all it’s color and tradition. When his tour of duty was complete Earl remained in southern Arizona working for Bill Chessebourg, a retired Indianapolis 500 racecar driver, here Earl honed his racecar design skills. After 10 years in Arizona Earl returned to Illinois and decided to open his own business where he specialized in stainless steel and aluminum fabrication, welding repair, designing racecars and developing custom stainless steel exhaust systems for Ferrari, Corvette, Dodge Viper and the Buick Grand National, to name a few. Over the years he has won several design and speed awards.
After 30 years in business he has retired from race design and has decided to change the direction of his craft to rustic and southwest home décor. Presently he works out of his small studio in the farm country of northern Illinois. Earl likes to build and create objects that have a purpose such as lamps, tables, clocks or anything that is functional using a combination of metal and antiques. A lot of his inspiration comes from the time he spends in southern Arizona. The nice thing about being an artist is that sometimes a project can turn into something totally different than what it started out as!