Fragile Death Trap To the right is the spiral staircase. This building had a definite “floor problem”. Similar Images ...based on the tags: chutes, favorites, floorless, graffiti, isthishowidie, spiral-staircases, staircases... At an abandoned train repair shop. The working end of the blast furnace, where molten metal would flow like lava out of the furnace… a process called ‘tapping’. This might have been part of the Pioneer Pellet Plant. It looks to be a ball mill, which pulverizes ore by spinning it with thousands of ball bearings. “Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and historian. Pipes to channel nitrose (think nitro glycerine) infused acid through the building. A diesel crane and conveyor belt tripper are the major pieces of equipment that dominate the dock. The head distiller could walk out of their office to this balcony and overlook the whole fermentation process in a glance. My favorite shot of 2011; a rusty mold for a heart-shaped glass candy dish in its natural environment, so to speak. Watching the sun set behind downtown Detroit is my favorite memory from the building.