In my 30 years as a craftsman, I have had the honor of working with many talented and quality organizations and individuals throughout Minnesota.
I started at 14 working alongside my father, Western and Wildlife artist Derk Hansen, as a picture framer. Work in his gallery led me to working in several galleries across the Twin Cities and, eventually, to starting my own framing business. I earned a reputation for meticulous matt cutting and high quality, hand crafted framework.
In the mid 1990s, I accepted an apprenticeship with acclaimed master cabinetmaker J.P. Rosethal. During my seven years as his apprentice, I assisted in all aspects of fabricating, finishing, and installing high end, custom cabinetry.
Looking to apply and expand my collected trade skills, I left Forest Lake to pursue independent contracting, working to remodel homes. Over the years, I sheetrocked, took on custom woodworking projects, and painted. Eventually, I applied my varied skill set at companies such as Atomic Props, Art Tec, and VStar Entertainment Group (formerly Vee Corp). I added welding, foam carving, and multimedia craft skills to my repertoire.
After serving as the lead fabricator on the Hollidaze Christmas Village, Hello Kitty Touring Show, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tour, I was offered a full time position at VStar Entertainment as a staff Craftsperson in 2013, where I remain to this day.