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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Really Big Machines

Whistler Peak2Peak gondola
Fabio Wettzel hangs forty metres above the ground while working on main cables of the Whistler Peak2Peak gondola. Every few years, the massive cables that support the Whistler Peak2Peak have to be re-tensioned to take up the natural slack that develops in them.

Whistler Peak2Peak gondola
The massive drive wheels, or bull wheels in ski lift industry lingo, of the Whistler Peak2Peak gondola. A normal ski lift has one bull wheel on each end of the lift, while the Peak2Peak has three.

I get to see an amazing amount of crazy buildings and Rube Goldberg-esq industrial plants in my experience as a Vancouver industrial photographer, so I thought I’d share some favourites.

Squamish Miller-Capilano snow plow driver Celina Poirier with her snow plow truck. David Buzzard Photography
Squamish Miller-Capilano snow plow driver Celina Poirier with her plow truck. 

Machinist Pete Fowler makes a custom tool for dismantling mountain fork tubes with a power lathe in his workshop.
Machinist Pete Fowler makes a custom tool for dismantling mountain fork tubes with a power lathe in his workshop.

Durfeild Construction passive house plant.
Durfeild Construction passive house plant. Pemberton BC, Canada. Shot for an editorial assignment on eco friendly building techniques.  This is the factory that Durfeild uses to pre-build sections of their eco-friendly houses.

North Shore Millet owner Chris Allen with a CNC Milling Machine.
North Shore Billet owner Chris Allen with a CNC Milling Machine. The hardest part of this shot was shoe horning the large strip box light in place between the even larger CNC milling machines in the surprisingly small machine shop. Northshore Billet makes custom high end mountain bike parts in Whistler.

Cardinal Concrete driver Mark Clarke and pumper operator Darrell Hannan
Cardinal Concrete driver Mark Clarke and pumper operator Darrell Hannan during a pour for a drive on Glacier View Road.

A rock hauler and excavator work in the Coast Aggregates gravel mine. Squamish BC.
A rock hauler at excavator work in the Coast Aggregates gravel mine in Squamish BC.

The Innergex Upper Lillooet Power Station at Boulder Creek.
The Innergex Upper Lillooet Power Station at Boulder Creek.

Vancouver's Parallel 49 Brewery
Labels are steam fitted to a can of Cowboy Crusher beer from Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewery at West Coast Canning. This is a technique for canning short run bespoke brews. This photo actually took two strobe lights, one in front to light the machine, and another behind it to show the steam coming out from inside the canning machine.

Just Perfect Specialty Foods. Richmond BC, Canada.
The bottling line at Just Perfect Specialty Foods in Richmond BC. They’re company that specializes in bespoke short run product bottling.