During the 1980s, David and Douglas Farage lived in San Diego, had poofy hair and tight jeans, and their videos were on regular rotation on

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David and Douglas Farage

During the 1980s, David and Douglas Farage lived in San Diego, had poofy hair and tight jeans, and their videos were on regular rotation on MTV. Now they run a Ballard institution creating ornate fences for the privacy-minded. Having passed through the Emerald City during tours with their band, DFX2, and others, David decided to make Seattle his permanent home in 1990. That year he walked through the door of Ballard Ornamental Ironworks and learned to do elaborate metal fencing. "I didn't really have a résumé with much on it but music and graphic design," he explains. The next year his brother joined him as an employee of the nearly 50-year-old business, and in 1994 they bought it outright. Their focus is on ornate railings. Ironworks runs the gamut from simple, modern deck handholds to the quirky dividing lines that separate travelers enjoying a happy-hour martini at Hotel Monaco's outside tables from the traffic on Fourth Avenue. "It's more like art than construction," David says.—Laura Onstot

 
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