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Sam "Mokie" Hansen

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Last updated on Aug 2, 2021

Hello, and thank you for visiting!
I am temporarily closed - if you would like to purchase any of my products, please go checkout until further notice - thank you!

Sam "Mokie" Hansen


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About MokieBurns

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The journey of Mokie Burns...

A Florida native (a rare breed, I know), I grew up QUITE the tomboy - spending every minute I could exploring the woods, catching brim in the backyard pond to feed “Mr. Egret”, and swimming in the ocean at Jax Beach. When the indoors did manage to find me, my nose would be inches from a sheet of paper, drawing all kinds of creatures I’d seen in my favorite nature photography books.

My love for drawing and the arts eventually materialized into pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design. Wait a minute...a tomboy...going to college I can understand how that doesn’t make sense - but ya know, everyone has their own path to find “their thing”…and I guess mine started with Fashion…

After graduation, I began my career in the industry, designing clothing for several brands including Old Navy and White House | Black Market. My apparel design career provided a creative outlet, and the priceless opportunity to learn business fundamentals which, ultimately, prepared me for my next chapter.

Not long ago, one night after work I stumbled on the word “Pyrography” and was intrigued by its implications. After an hour-long spiral of googling (we’ve all been there), I ran to my local home improvement store that same night to buy a soldering iron and some lumber. I’ll never forget the first time I put that hot metal to wood. It instantly re-ignited (pun intended) my passion for both art and the outdoors all at once. I was hooked on my new metal “paint brush” - it was such an incredible and unexpected combination of my two favorite things as a child - and I couldn’t get enough.

I soon began to realize the possibilities this forgotten hand-crafted art had in the modern world. Pursuing the desire to create everything for the art “old school” - ya know, by hand - I began to study the natural partner to wood burning: wood working. Researching and experimenting with this craft unlocked even more unknown crevices of my creative side...and once again I couldn’t get enough.

Before my very patient boyfriend Andy had time to grasp the seriousness of my new obsession, I was backing my little white sedan into our driveway, with a 14” bandsaw precariously hanging out of the trunk. Every day was a new adventure. I’d try new ideas, techniques and subject matter; creating art based on whatever crossed my path that week. The major “This is IT” breakthrough didn’t occur until the day I used my passion for fishing as the inspiration for my subject matter...and my pursuit of wood burning finally felt complete. Recreating the beauty of the underwater world is like landing your first trophy fish - you already love fishing, but now there’s no way you’re ever going to stop.

After a year of obsessing over this new art form, I quickly gained genuine interest around me, from friends and strangers alike. After MUCH deliberation, patience, saving, and a dash of “here goes nothing”; I left my corporate job as a Denim Designer to focus on my art and decor full time. I named the company Mokie Burns, after my childhood (and current) nickname “Mokie” coined by my mother - a word that had slowly evolved from “Kokomo”, one of my favorite songs as a kid. (for the full anecdotal story on that one, check out my blog post at )

Each day I continue to hone my craft, always inspired by the natural beauty of my subjects, as well as my equally beautiful and natural wooden canvases.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.

Cheers, Samantha

Shop members

  • Samantha

    Owner, Designer, Wearer Of All The Hats

    Denim and Apparel Designer - gone - wood burner. Currently navigating the wild, wild world of creating a product and starting a business.

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    A fulfillment and shipping provider- allowing me to own less inventory and therefore offer you more product options!

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Last updated on Sep 18, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

If you choose to personalize an item (i.e. "personalized + resin finish" for a bottle opener), it will most likely ship close to the estimated delivery date. This is because I take the time to make sure your personalization is integrated into your design of choice, and when required, finish your piece with resin. The resin finish is the real time-consumer, as I need to wait 72-96 hours for the piece to fully cure before it is safe to ship. Non-personalized options of an item will ship sooner than the estimated arrival date.

Wholesale availability

If you are interested in buying any of my designs for resale, please contact me - I have a wholesale catalog and linesheet available (please provide your resale cert. #). I can work with you to integrate your own branding, shop name, logo, etc. into many hat and bottle opener designs.