Taken from a photograph of my husband. Known as Iron workers in Canada and Steel erectors in the U. K.

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Comment by Harry13 on February 13, 2019 at 1:07pm

Great Painting Kathy. I know them as Steeplejacks. Probebly wrong though x

Comment by Paul Dodd on February 13, 2019 at 5:01pm

Nice work there's  no way I'd  go up on one of those steel frameworks My hands would be clamped to the border. at one time i was ok then lost my head for hights after a couple of bad ear infections.  steel erectors sounds about  right in the UK.  I think steeplejacks are more about repairs  and maintenance  of tall buildings chimneys   and church spires plus the occasional  pulling  them down.

Comment by Kathy Orrell on February 13, 2019 at 10:28pm

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I did this for my husband as a gift. He was  Steel erector in the U K  but here in Canada they are called Iron workers. needless to say the rules have all changed for the best.  Use of safety harnesses etc. He is enjoying his retirement.

Comment by Nelson Failing on February 14, 2019 at 3:57am

I thought it was a very interesting subject to capture...thanks for the explanation....your husband must have been surprised and happy for this gift huh?

Comment by Dorothy Macready on February 14, 2019 at 3:33pm

There is a photograph of workers sitting on a girder half-way up a skyscraper.  I have vertigo even looking at the photograph.   Yes we call them steel erectors.   I am sure your husband was thrilled with his gift.  There was a famous steeplejack here in the UK he had his own TV series he was called Fred Dibnah but he passed away a few years ago. 

Comment by Kathy Orrell on February 14, 2019 at 4:51pm

Thank you all. Dorothy. Knew Fred Dibnah he came from our hometown, Bolton.

Comment by Dorothy Macready on February 14, 2019 at 6:26pm

Yes I liked Fred he was one of those folk who just loved their work and their enthusiasm for it came over.   There was no side with Fred what you saw is what you got.  

Comment by John Andreou on February 15, 2019 at 1:43pm

They often employ American Indians to do this work Kathy because apparantly they have less fear of hights.  Good work 

Comment by Dorothy Macready on February 16, 2019 at 3:26pm

I once had a friend who could not go upstairs in a bus nor in the picture house as she suffered from vertigo.  I had it once when I had a bad ear infection and it was horrible.  

Comment by Kathy Orrell on February 16, 2019 at 10:13pm

Oh I do not like heights at all. Although I did climb Ayers Rock in Australia with my husband. !!


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