Of the wood used for the products, Hall estimates that 40 percent is recycled lumber from Habitat for Humanity, 20 percent is from naturally downed trees downed by high winds, and the remainder comes from renewable growth forests. Hall, who has approximately 70 acres of forested land on his family’s property, says people have a misconception that using trees for lumber is damaging to the environment.
“If you think about it, when you take out some trees from the forest, the other trees around it grow larger and grow healthier and create more foliage,” Hall says of the wood-gathering process. “By cutting some of the smaller trees and using those for lumber, you’re able to increase the growth of the forest rather than decreasing it. If you don’t use the lumber from the tree, the tree just rots away and decomposes. The carbon [dioxide] that the tree took out of the air is released back into the air.”
Tree Frog products do not contain any particleboard. Hall says this sawdust and resin combination doesn’t last nearly as long in furniture pieces compared to pieces that are made from real wood.
“It makes me feel good being green,” Hall says of his furniture. “I’m not harming the environment and am helping out. Plus, it’s just more of a challenge. I’m artistic and want to see what I can do out of recycled materials.”
To see Hall’s work on display, head to the Meike Aton Art Studio (1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Springfield) on December 14 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.