When you meet Shane Hall, former pro football player isn’t what comes to mind. Hall is a towering six feet six inches tall, but his presence is disarming. It’s hard to imagine him tearing up the gridiron on the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line.
But that’s exactly what Hall was doing 10 years ago—and playing for the University of South Carolina a few years before that—until a dislocated kneecap tackled his football aspirations. For a while he dabbled in investment, but the 9-to-5 grind did little to satisfy the itch to use his hands. Forfeiting suit and tie, Hall picked up a chisel and unearthed a rusty childhood ambition— the art of woodworking.
After forsaking investment, Hall married his wife Roxanne and moved to Asheville to learn under expert woodworker George Paolini. Now, the professional athlete turned carpenter is the proud owner of woodworking company Hall Handcrafted.
GOOD GAME // While Hall produces custom cabinets and farm tables for clients, his skill shines in fine furniture pieces like this exquisitely finished rocking chair.
From his workshop garage in Easley, Hall and right-hand man Eric Standridge design and build custom cabinetry and farm tables with meticulous dedication, a constant hum hovering as the saw buzzes with each new cut.
Though the company’s production consists mostly of cabinets and tables, Hall’s artistic passion is more in vein with refined furniture, a branch of woodworking he hopes to expand this year. For example there’s the rocking chair—a mahogany and ash chef d’oeuvre he crafted for his daughter just days before her birth. Then there’s his son’s crib, which he side-paneled with walnut burl—a tree growth that creates stunning natural patterns in the grain.
“If I had it my way, I’d just build furniture all day long,” Hall says with a chuckle. “I just enjoy making something . . . you start the day with nothing and you can end the process with a completed job.”