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May 4, 2015

This is a quick interview with Don Hanson to learn some tidbits about him in a short amount of time.  Don Hanson is a hobby blacksmith who lives in Colorado Springs, CO.  He is a retired Fiber Optics Project Manager and has been blacksmithing since 2001.  Don designs and forges architectural ironwork, home furnishings, and roses for a local festival called Territory Days.


If you want to hear more from Don Hanson, you can listen to our in-depth interview, that will soon be available on the podcast page.


Don Hanson Tidbits in this Episode:

  • Don performs demonstrations every year at the Territory Days Festival in Old Colorado City.  In the podcast, he talks about how demonstrating is valuable to perfecting your techniques.


  • ·He has picked up many of his tongs at flea markets and modified them.


  • ·His favorite tool a Clay Spencer designed treadle hammer that he built in a Rocky Mountain Smiths workshop.


  • ·Don doesn’t listen to music while he works.  He likes to listen to the equipment running so he can be aware of problems that may arise.


  • ·He would love to spend a day working with and learning from Francis Whitaker; a very accomplished master blacksmith here in the US.   



Don Hanson Links:


Well, he doesn’t have any - he spends very little time on the computer.


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