by Linda Shanahan
Appeared in the Sun Lakes “Splash”, February 2021
Don Hall was born in California where he met and married his wife Pat. He is the father of three children. He previously resided eight years in Nevada and thirteen in Oregon. Don has spent the last 28 years in Arizona. He retired after thirty-eight years as an estimator/project manager in heavy construction. He and Pat enjoy music, photography and exploring historical sites. Over the years they have collected rocks at gem shows and rock shops; he now incorporates these findings into art and jewelry.
After joining the SLRGS club in 2014 he took lapidary 1 class where he learned to make cabochons. Later lapidary 2 taught him the art of making handles. He enjoys creating designer shaped cabochons, hearts and animal shapes out of onyx and exotic stone from all over the world. After becoming proficient in lapidary Don took silver 1, silver 2 and lost wax classes. He was self-taught in the art of wire wrapping which he does so well. He is currently instructing classes in silver 2 and lost wax.
Don also serves as our club equipment maintenance manager. Without Don we would not be able to keep the saws and grinders running. Our thanks to this marvelous mustached man who adds so much to our club.
There is an artist his name is Don Hall
He is the member who just does it all
An artist who works in the shop on his own
He puts on his apron and pulls out a stone
A slab he does cut with the eighteen-inch saw
He does it so quickly I stand there in awe
A design and then onto a saw that does trim
The edges so neat, I wish I was him.
Some glue and a dopstick now ready to grind
He does let me watch, this man is so kind
He’s polished his cab and now to the setting
What will he do, a wire wrap I’m betting
This man can form silver or set it in wire
All of our club members he does inspire
Our equipment he cares for and makes it run well
If something is broken for Don we will yell
He’ll come by and fix it and do it with ease
And can you believe it we pay him no fees.
Thanks to you Don for a job so well done
You add to this club, you make it more fun.