Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Craftsman, carpenter, pattern maker, Jerry Lee is one of the last of a kind, making and repairing ladders for the city of San Francisco's fire department in the city's public works building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Lee sands-down an old, wood fire ladder for the city of San Francisco's fire department.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Craftsman Jerry Lee in the city's public works building, where they continue to make and repairing their own wooded fire ladders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Shop supervisor Mike Braun wipes the sawdust from the rungs of a wood fire ladder being repaired for the city of San Francisco's fire department.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The detailed angles and construction of one of the hand-made wood fire ladders in the City of San Francisco public works shop.. San Francisco is the only city in the nation still making and repairing their own wood fire ladder, each one is crafted out of select douglas fir.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A log book dating back to 1917 shows the status and condition of all of the hand-made wood fire ladders in the City of San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The metal name plate adorns every one of the hand-made wood fire ladders in the City of San Francisco public works shop.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Some of the tools found in the City Of San Francisco Central shop where carpenters still construct hand-made wood fire ladders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The craftsmen in the City of San Francisco public works make their own fire ladders and cast the metal eagles that adorn the city's fire trucks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Standing by the wooden ladder

Pictures in the News | September 23, 2014

Tuesday's Pictures in the News begins in the Arabian Gulf, where air attacks on Islamic State militants in eastern Syria began within 72 hours of five Arab allies agreeing to...   View Post»

   

Standing by the wooden ladder

The 1934 floods

In a now-familiar Los Angeles story, late 1933 brush fires cleared the vegetation from the hills above the Montrose-La Crescenta section of Los Angeles County. When heavy rains...   View Post»

   

Standing by the wooden ladder

Dynamite attacks on the Los Angeles Aqueduct [updated]

In 1905, Los Angeles officials began buying land and water rights in the Owens Valley. Construction started in 1908 and finished with the Nov. 5, 1913, Los Angeles Aqueduct...   View Post»

   

Standing by the wooden ladder

Reader Photos: Best of Southern California Moments for March

One of the most striking images of this month is Jay Thornton's street portrait of a man walking in downtown L.A. Thornton's approach -- approaching strangers and popping a...   View Post»

Standing by the wooden ladder

San Francisco is the only fire department in the country to still make all of its own ladders. A look at the singular workshop in this famously fire-phobic city.

No comments yet

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published