Jake’s New Job

Roughly 4 years ago a good friend who moved to Telluride Colorado started telling me about a new friend of hers and how I needed to meet him.  A few years back now, I was offered a position helping the two of them and a group they coordinate to get all of their equipment and art instillation out to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burningman.  I was unable to make it but always wanted to go.  Now, fast forward a few years to present day and I finally made it to Burningman but her friend that she wanted me to meet didn’t go this year.  After we returned from Burningman, we met up with my friend in Telluride to catch up and she mentioned that her friend she wanted me to meet was working on a welding project and could probably use my help.  I got in touch with him and sure enough, I was able to help out. 

 Here is my new job working in one of the most epic mountain towns in the continental US and in one of the most interesting and awesome locations one could think of.  My new friend Anton got this job fabricating a large, industrial, custom set of stairs out of steel at the top of Bridal Veil Falls.  The waterfall plunges a sheer 365 feet and is situated next to the historic Smuggler-Union hydroelectric power plant—home to the second oldest AC power generator in the country.  The steps we are fabricating and installing will take workers from the treacherous switchback road, which gains roughly 1600 feet in elevation in only 1.8 miles, to the back side of the building that houses the hydro generator.

The view of the falls off in the distance on you way up the access road just before the switchbacks start.

The view of the falls off in the distance on you way up the access road just before the switchbacks start.

The view of the town of Telluride from the top of the falls (The Job Site).

The view of the town of Telluride from the top of the falls (The Job Site).

Here is the house that is home to the AC hydro-generator.  We are constructing the stair case for workers to gain access to this building.

Here is the house that is home to the AC hydro-generator. We are constructing the stair case for workers to gain access to this building.

 Here are some photos of the site where the steps are being installed as well as some photos of the pieces we are fabricating.  To make things even more interesting, I’m fabricating all of the pieces in an old lime stone mine 7 miles outside of town where Anton’s workshop it setup.  Pretty darn cool if you ask me.   

Here's the main entrance to the Mine/workshop.  As you can see, tunnels go in many directions from the previous mining operations that took place here.

Here’s the main entrance to the Mine/workshop. As you can see, tunnels go in many directions from the previous mining operations that took place here.

Anton finishing the fabrication of a large steel landing.

Anton finishing the fabrication of a large steel landing.

A long set of steps that will help finish off the project, landing people at the backside of the house.

A long set of steps that will help finish off the project, landing people at the backside of the house.

Part of the workshop where I spent a week fabricating for the project.

Part of the workshop where I spent a week fabricating for the project.

Another workshop in the mine.

Another workshop in the mine.