Sparks are flying at Apollo Tech Iron Works, a Red Hook, Brooklyn iron shop.

The company works on projects throughout the neighborhood and region and everyday, welders and machinists create fences, posts, and structures from raw metals and iron.

The shop’s walls are lined with tools and iron bars and grease and grit seem to cover every visible surface.

I recently shot portraits of a handful of the ironworkers and welders while working on a photo essay celebrating Labor Day for the Red Hook Star-Revue.

A link to the photo essay is available here.

The family owned business has been in the neighborhood for more than a decade and is run by a father and son team.

Check out the photos below and stay tuned for more outtakes from the shoots celebrating Labor Day.