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  • Photo: Michael Kelley

    Peter Metcalf, the CEO of Black Diamond, hangs off the forging equipment.

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    A worker moves large sheets of steel to be cut.

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    The laser used to slice out cramp-ons.

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    A worker makes carabiners on a cold forge machine.

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    Unfinished carabiners sit next to a grinding machine, where they will be de-burred.

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    Carabiners get a cleaner look in the "tumble and polish" machine.

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    A worker pulls product out of the "tumble and polish" machine.

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    Carabiners come off the hot forge line.

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    The finished product.

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    Chris Grove, BD's "minister of culture", hangs near a doorway to the warehouse.

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    Bill Belcourt, the director of climbing product, sits above the factory floor with an ice axe.

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    Newly minted ice screws.

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    The design team headed by David Mellon, the vp of product development, talks about a new boot.

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    The "Factor" boot gets put to the test in the "Rosenflexor" machine.

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    Black Diamond demo skis wait for employees to take them out.

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