About a dozen people gathered in a warehouse near the Downtown Metrolink Station Saturday, diligently at work on Burbank's “The Dream Machine” float for the Rose Parade.
A man with his hair in a ponytail, wearing a welder's mask, sat on the floor, twisting, reaching and maneuvering his welding torch as sparks flew around him.
Semicircular wires lined the lower sides of the float, its metal and wood shape hinting at what is to come.
“I'm shaping the front edge of the float,” said Jon Reeves, who is working on his 10th float. “I've been building these clouds now for a couple of weeks and sort of finishing off where it ties into the main part of the base.”
“And at the moment, I built this piece a little bit low, and I need to adjust it so that it meets our minimum ground clearance,” Reeves, also the secretary for the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., said as he hammered at a section of wire.