Mark is not only a tile setter with an eye for detail; he’s also an artist and wood carver. A native of Western North Carolina, Mark served a tour in the U.S. Air Force, and is a graduate of North Carolina State University.


Mark is President of Davidson’s Fort Historic Park, Inc.  Davidson’s Fort is a replica of the 1776 Fort built by General Rutherford. The largest volunteer force ever gathered during the Revolutionary War was in Old Fort, North Carolina. There were 2,700 volunteer militia with 2,000 horses during August of 1776.  See www.davidsonsfort.com.


In 1985, Mark helped create Grant’s Museum, featuring artifacts of the Native Americans in Old Fort. The Museum housed one of the largest private collections in the Southeast.


In 1978, armed with a love for adventure and a fascination with native cultures, Mark floated and paddled his way through the upper Amazon, Equador, and Peru–retracing the footsteps of the famous Spanish Conquistador, Francisco de Orellana. Upon return to the US, he toured local schools to share images and stories of his journey.


From 1982 through 1984, Mark lived in Honduras, Central America.


In 1985-1990, Mark helped form Quest for Adventure Expedition Company, which took clients on white water adventure trips though the heart of the Mayan area down a 100 mile stretch of the Usumacinta River on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. During the many journeys to Chiapas, Mark became acquainted with a group of Mayan Lacandones that lived close to the river. It was after meeting this indigenous group that Mark decided the Lacandones needed to be documented before their lives totally switched over to the modern era.


In 1990, Mark and film crew produced a documentary entitled Two Worlds Touch. The half-hour program aired on PBS throughout the United States. 


K’ayum is a ten year old Lacandon boy living in the jungles of Chiapas, Southern Mexico. The Lacandones, numbering less than 500, are the most direct descendants of the Classical Mayas.


Two Worlds Touch is the story of K’ayum as he comes of age and must choose between the traditional belief of his Grandfather and the more modern ways of life being adopted by his parents.


View the documentary.


Mark lives in Asheville, with wife Sunny, and daughter Dakota, who is a fine arts graduate of UNC Asheville.

 

About Mark Hall

 

Mark is president of Davidson’s Fort Historic Park

52” x 96” Maya lentil, carved by Mark Hall

Click the picture above to watch ‘Two Worlds Touch.’

In addition to tile and mosaics, Mark enjoys all types of rustic woodworking and carving.