Mar 01

Lawndale Forge Keeps Craft Metalworking Alive On the West Side

A century later, Paul, 31, plucks a rod from the 2,000-degree furnace and cranks it around a vise until it sets into a neat oval shape. He’s still here, in a musty workshop in the 2100 block of South Spaulding Avenue, fine-tuning the work of the city’s last

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...Union Stockyards shoeing horses, eventually earning enough money to move into a bungalow in the 2400 block of South Hamlin Avenue...

    Lawndale Forge Keeps Craft Metalworking Alive On the West Side
    Hidden among North Lawndale's vast tracts of vacant warehouses and auto-body shops is a time machine to a neighborhood that author Harold Mayer once called "a crowded city within a city." Before blockbusting and white flight and the Eisenhower Expressway, Paul Russell's great grandfather was rending white-hot chunks of steel into chain links tough enough to pull battleships.

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