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    Default Wrought Iron Lives For Ever

    My Grandfather Bill Fulloon was a Wire Worker all his life. He used an oxy for forty five years heating and welding. He used those green oxy goggles and a pair of raw hide leather gloves for protection. He had both ears and his nose cut off due to a lack of protection. He died in 1979 at the age of 68.
    Over his working life he fabricated timeless pieces that still look great today.
    I finally tracked down one of his works today and was allowed by the current owner to photograph a pair of gates that he made back in 1939. These gates are attached to his then Sister-in-law's home.
    He also knew RC Archbishop of Brisbane Duhig and did many pieces for the church.
    Which I hope to track down in the future.
    Some works will be lost as buildings have been demolished and burnt down.

    Enjoy Metal Art of 1939.
    Ji
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    Wow!!! Thank you!! He was a true master of the craft. My Great Grandfather was also a Blacksmith starting late 1800's into 1900's. I hv & still use his Anvil (priceless). It's hard to Appreciate that work until you've tried it. its in our blood, wouldn't want it any other way!
    Thx for sharing.
    Greg

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    awesome! Inspirational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jigantor View Post
    He died in 1979 at the age of 68.

    I finally tracked down one of his works today and was allowed by the current owner to photograph a pair of gates that he made back in 1939.

    Enjoy Metal Art of 1939.

    At the age of 28 he was a master! The blacksmithing work is impressive. The scrolls and ornaments are duplicated precisely! Interesting design too. Parts of it look as though they were influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Hi GNForge,
    Yep in the blood.
    Thanks mate.

    Ji
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    Hi RCASPY85,
    Yes his work was fantastic.

    Ji
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    Hi Arizona Joe,
    I don't think that my Grandfather would have heard of Mr Wright. Back then in Brisbane there was not much influence from America and very little international news. There was no TV just a radio and I don't think Bill ever bought a news paper.
    That said I studied Mr Wrights work years ago and yes I do see what you mean. Mr Wright died in 1958 and I am not sure when the world celebrated his work. It is a bit like Frank Gehry's work and life.

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Ji
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    While in the presents of Bill's Gates yesterday I noticed ironwork in the fireplace. No one said anything about it in reference to Bill but I took images of it anyway.
    Today I had my hunch confirmed that Bill also fabricated the fireplace ironwork.

    Enjoy.

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