David Hanson was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. After serving 2 years in the United States Navy as a Radio operator doing weather recon in Guam and the Philippines, he attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After 39 years of service at the INL in various engineering and management positions, he and his wife Mary retired and moved to Gibbonsville, Idaho, where they lived for 18 years. Here he resumed his woodworking and lapidary hobbies and then, after Mary passed away, he moved into the great town of Salmon, where he can usually be found in his woodshop.
When David was in junior high school (1940), he took a woodshop class, and has enjoyed woodworking ever since. He enjoys designing and fabricating new items in exotic and locally grown woods, specializing in unique one-of-a-kind designs of vases, bowls, salt and pepper mills, and other small items. He learns new techniques from reading books and gets ideas from family and friends and is always on the lookout for exotic woods and interesting patterns to use in his craft.
David’s work can be seen at the Gallery or at his home at 1006 Gilmore Ave., in Salmon. He also made a video on fabricating Christmas ornaments which can be viewed on You-tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j1val5VJE8