After a great deal of perseverance, Bulan secured a 12-foot, 1,000-pound section of the famous steel and had it delivered to his home. He then spent more than a month cutting and grinding down the section of handrail, until he had not only crafted one headboard, but also three more just like it. When friends expressed interest in purchasing the headboards, Bulan realized the potential market and the Golden Gate Bridge Furniture Co. was born. Now based in Pacifica, Calif., just south of San Francisco, the company offers limited-edition, one-of-a-kind furniture designs made from the historic handrail. Not one to let an innovative reuse idea go unnoticed, Earth911 just had to get a closer look at his creations.
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