We took welding classes, read many books and articles about how the Golden Gate Bridge was built, the history of steel, and metallurgy. We perfected how to remove and apply paint, learned to grind, polish, and wax metal. Then we learned how about e-commerce and social media. After months of hard work we were able to re-launch the company, complete with a newly designed logo and purpose. Our philosophy when we took ownership of the business and these historical suspender ropes, was to create something that was beautiful, inspired, functional, and enduring. The memento pieces are simple yet iconic experiential display works. We want the furniture and interior design pieces to have architectonic flourishes reminiscent of the engineering and design found on the Golden Gate Bridge.
We are fortunate enough to work with Bushey Ironworks and Roundwood Furniture. Both groups are well-known in the Tahoe area and beyond for their innovative designs and attention to detail. When we moved the shop to Kings Beach, we were fortunate to be in the same building as Bushey Ironworks. The guys were so helpful when we were starting out, from unloading the truck, to operating the forklift to purchasing steel. We would see their designs and really wanted to work with them.
Through the Busheys, we met Andy Cline of Roundwood Furniture. Cline’s name had been given to us by a number of people so when we were ready with our first coffee table design, he had the perfect recommendation of wood species to compliment the forge-welded legs.