Has this ever happened to you: you look back at earlier work in your career and ask, “Wow, that is really good. How the hell did I do it?” The older I get, the more that happens. On Christmas eve, we had an open house for the neighbors. Great fun. Talking to a local contractor, I offered to send him some of my iron worker videos. In reviewing them, I am amazed at how terrific they are. The men and their stories are timeless.
These were done eight years ago. In case you didn’t see them when I first posted them, or you’d like a refresher, here are some of my favorites. I wonder what happened to these men. Hope they are still doing well. Certainly with all the construction around Redwood City, there must be plenty of work – though mostly they travel all around the western states.
Here are Larry Lippert and Tim Horrisburger reflecting on their careers in this trade. Lots of danger and lots of pride. I hope that Tim’s wife survived her cancer. Just talking about it made Tim tear up. I was pleased that he brought her down all the way from Sacramento for the reception in August, 2014.
Jose Hernandez reflects on his life up in the air. The adrenaline turns him on. He is proud of his legacy of buildings that will be here long after he is gone. Yet, he wants his two boys to go to college, “I don’t want to lose a son to this business.”
Johnny Kooker runs the crane that lowers the 2,000 pound beams the iron workers put in place. Men’s lives depend on his steady hand. His greatest pride is seeing everyone go home safe at night. He enjoys “putting this thing together.”
Iron Workers Reception, August, 2014
As the Box building project was winding down, I sponsored a big reception for the iron workers at a restaurant just across the street. We had about 20 iron workers and some of their families plus about twenty of our friends and colleagues.It was an unforgettable evening. You can see a video of it:
Lots of great feedback on the event, but my favorite came from one of the contractor CEOs: