Doug Hansen, founder & owner/operator of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop established in 1978. He has worked as a wainwright and wheelwright since that time, specializing in the building and restoring of heavy wagons and wheels. Doug has made a point of researching and studying the original, authentic vehicles and performs all his work with special attention to following the original design and detail – to produce only authentic, quality workmanship.
His fascination with horse drawn vehicles brought about self-study of their designs and qualities. He truly believes that traditional wagon making and its methods are his connection with the original artisans of the past, and his inspiration comes from the study of their work.
Doug’s primary interest is in the realm of the western vehicles that traveled across the prairies of Dakota Territory, as well as the heavy commercial vehicles that kept our nation supplied. Iconic American vehicles such as stagecoaches, chuck wagons, freight wagons, and hitch wagons combine to make up his largest area of study.
Examples and contributions of Doug’s work can be found in private collections, museums and corporate holdings. His company and its products have been featured in numerous articles, films and have been displayed nationally and internationally.
Doug’s reputation and experience has led to consulting work, evaluations, workshops, and speaking engagements, that he enjoys doing all across the country.
Doug will demonstrate the art of the wheelwright, from tenoning and shaping spokes to, joining felloes and setting tires.
Blacksmithing goes hand in hand with the wheelwright process and the art of shaping hot iron with the forge and anvil with be demonstrated.
The Art of the Wheelwright Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Wheelwright Exhibit booth will be open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
— Doug Hansen Presenting Daily Demonstrations —
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on July 22-29, 2017