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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

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