The nuts and bolts
Pieces of metal, wood, plastic and rock made a childhood playground for metal artist Hans Early-Nelson.
Early-Nelson began at a young age, in the studio of his metal sculptor father, Scott Nelson, to take common objects apart to understand them better. Eventually he began to build sculptures from scrap metal, and that sparked an inspiration to continue on this path.
A global education
After two eye-opening apprenticeships in 2002-2003 with Cologne, Germany-based furniture maker, Room 8, and Bonn, Germany-based blacksmith Bernd Scheuvens, Early-Nelson returned to the United States to continue his welding education. He studied at Dunwoody Institute of Technology in his hometown, Minneapolis, and worked for local stainless steel fabricator ATN Stainless Steel, in Plymouth.
It all adds up
In 2007, with his sights set on creating old-world quality everyday goods and exploring modern innovative design, he founded Primitive Precision.
Early-Nelson lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his partner, Liz Parent, a jewelry artist.
In addition to raising two children, Camille and Eisen, Hans and Liz collaborate to create custom wedding bands through their ring division, Anvil Vibe
The process/Forging techniques
Use heat and tools to de-form and texture metals to come up with unique details…using time tested welding, machining and forging techniques
is it all steel? What kind/quality?
How many options are there? (ballpark) We will work with you to decide which is best for your project.
Meet the people who make Primitive Precision possible.