Jack Hall - The Matchstick Man

Got a great email from Tony Hall yesterday, telling me about his dad who built musical instruments from matchsticks. Begun as a way to pass the time aboard ship, Jack went on to build some of the most beautiful and playable instruments that ever were. For the full story, you can check out Tony's tribute to his dad here and be sure and watch this short documentary (including Glen Campbell!!) here. Tony, thanks for sharing. Your dad was a true craftsman!


  1. Tremendous.

    I imagine Jack sitting there at that mess table trying to make sense of those matchsticks early on, with his shipmates asking him what the hell he was doing. He paid them no mind and made art where there was none before, and the whole time making it up as he went along. Nothing short of greatness.

  2. Terry - Agreed. A lesser man might have given up after his first dozen failures. I can't imagine the patience it must have taken to get to the point that he did. Quite a testament to the pig-headed creative spirit. Thanks for the comment!