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Fox Family, The New Owners

It’s high time we introduced ourselves. We are the Fox Family, the new owners of Strands of History. Mike, the husband, father, and man generally made of metal, is a welder by trade and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He runs his own Fox Welding Iron Designs welding company in North […]

Lunch by a Landmark Part II: Engineering & Art

Many people travel to California so that they can experience the grandeur of the Bay Area’s scenic geography, human-made wonders, or to immerse in the unique San Francisco social scene. As there are so many options to consider, we’re presenting them in a series; this is Part 2, Engineering and Art. So, grab a backpack, some non-disposable water bottles (and an extra layer) and head out to a few unique locations, rich in culture, beauty, and history. Please note that we are not compensated in any way to advocate these locations.

Lunch by a Landmark

Many people travel to California so that they can experience the grandeur of the Bay Area’s scenic geography, man-made wonders, or to immerse in the unique San Francisco social scene. As there are so many options to consider, we’re going to present them in a series. So, grab a backpack, some water bottles (and an extra layer) and head out to a few unique locations, rich in culture, beauty, and history. Please note that we are not compensated in any way to advocate these locations.

When is a Wire Rope a Cable?

Outside of the engineering world, most people probably have never heard the term “wire rope.” After perfecting the skill of making ropes in ancient times, it went virtually unaltered for nearly 2000 years. In the 19th-century, hemp ropes and iron chains were for hoisting; the disadvantage was the proverbial weak link. The mining sector required that ropes be made longer, and stronger by drawing iron into thin rods or “wire.” Eventually, steel replaced iron as the preferred building material. The next step was to introduce multi-layer strands made of steel.