David Hall: The Beauty of Boxes

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Boxes can contain memories as well objects, and the way they are designed, made and detailed can tell a story. For a maker, it’s a form that permits the exploration of endless ideas and functions. For long-time woodworker and past Victorian Woodworkers Association president David Hall, it’s a form he has been pleasurably devoting a lot of time to lately.

Yesterday, David Hall’s exhibition The Beauty of Boxes opened at Art Gallery on Ovens in Wangaratta, Victoria. The exhibition features 25 boxes, most of which were made over the last eight months, ‘so I’ve been a busy little vegemite’, said David.


Boxes more so than larger scale furniture have been a focus in recent years. It’s a scale of work that can be made and stored before sale, explained David, whereas furniture needs to be made to commission.

Forty years of woodworking have also provided an accumulation of tasty offcuts, perfect in many cases for box parts and details, along with the other select timbers and veneers he has used. David’s style of work is contemporary, using clean lines and contrasts of timber and exposed joinery to make each piece unique.

The Beauty of Boxes runs until March 14 at Art Gallery on Ovens, 103 Murphy Street, Wangaratta.

Learn more about David Hall at www.davidhallwoodworking.net

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