Thorkild was born into a creative family environment; his father Jens Hansen was the renowned Danish silversmith who founded the Jens Hansen workshop. Much of Thorkild's working life has been spent designing and creating jewellery, managing the family business and as jewellery tutor and technician at the Nelson Polytechnic, where he first met John Shaw and David Haig.
Thorkild was one of the Centre for Fine Woodworking's early students, confidently transferring skills in fine jewellery making to fine furniture making. Thorkild is now based at the school as tutor and mentor, his experience as a practising craftsman, businessman and tutor, giving him a broad range of experiences to draw on.
The wide range of skills that Thorkild brings to his work enables him to bring a continuity and attention to detail in all of his projects. Thorkild's furniture design is an amalgam of Danish modernist design, which explores functional simplicity and a focus on materiality within the tradition of fine woodworking.