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Local wheel and wagon shop to be on TV

Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop wheelwright Tim Hoffman assembles a wheel at the shop north of Mitchell. (Photo courtesy of Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop)

Last fall, a film crew from the Science Channel/Discovery Channel's popular "How It's Made" filmed at Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in rural Mitchell.

This week, the shop announced that a segment on stagecoaches will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and a segment on wagon wheels will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 27.

Both segments will air on the Science Channel.

When the film crew made its scheduled stop at Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop, the plan was to highlight only the wheelwright trade for a program segment that would show viewers "How a Wooden Wheel is Made."

After the film crew had a tour of the shop, the three-day film session soon expanded to include the other crafts involved in building a stagecoach. Separate segments are now in production, including one on coach building and the second on wheelwrighting.

Doug and Holly Hansen, owners of the shop, focus on maintaining the historic trades and designs used in years gone by to build their horse-drawn vehicles, as well as maintaining the historic accuracy of each wagon they restore.

"It was exciting to have the Discovery crew here filming our trade," Doug said.

"Our craftsmen take great pride in perpetuating the handcrafted quality of old world artisans, and enjoyed the chance to show off their skills to a worldwide audience.

"We had some fun with the film crew as well, by rolling out the chuck wagon to serve a hot, campfire breakfast. We even hitched up the stagecoach for footage, allowing the crew to experience the spirit of the Old West."

Viewers are urged to check the Internet and local listings to verify the times closer to the air dates, in case there are any changes.