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Local business has doubled due to ‘Vikings’ television series

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BY ANNA LONG

What began in college as a way to make
extra money has taken B-L resident, Danny
Hansen, all the way to a television series,
the History Channel’s Vikings. Hansen
began doing historical reenactment in
high school. There was some jewelry and
other items he wanted to go with his costumes
so when he attended the University
of South Carolina he took a jewelry making
class. Hansen and the instructor “hit
it off” and Hansen was given free rein to
design and make items that appealed to
him.

After graduation, Hansen went to work
at Kinko’s while still making and selling
his jewelry. He soon realized he made
more money with his Celtic and Viking
designs than he did working at Kinko’s, so
he quit his job and began creating jewelry
full time. “My dad thought I was crazy,”
he said. However, toward the end of his
life his dad bragged about Hansen and
what he had done with his life to friends,
students, and parents who worried about
their child choosing art for their livelihood.

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