A century ago James Jensen, son of Danish immigrants, learned to cut stone in the granite quarries of Little Cottonwood Canyon. From son to son his legacy has passed down five generations to Wade Hansen, his uncle Wes Hansen, cousins Brad and Glen Hansen to his nephew Jarod Hansen who all specializes in the very artistically difficult craft of stone carving. For the last fifty five years the Hansen’s have worked on nearly every local renovation or stone construction project, continually absorbing techniques from other stone workers and learning by trial and error.
Wade Hansen’s Gargoyle inspired by the cover of a Stephen King Book was carved using sandstone from the same quarry that provided the stone for the City County Building in Salt Lake City Utah. Besides gargoyles he carves a variety of custom mantles, statues and fountains.