Archive for May, 2009

I made these newels for a customer in Tennessee. They are indeed in poplar and came out fine I think. The large N108 is 8 inches wide at the base and the N107’s are 5 1/2 inches wide at the base.

Large Newels

Large Newels

large newels

large newels

These six newels are my N112 newels from Architectural Turnings. The customer wanted them in Brazilian Cherry (also called Jatoba). The largest is 5 1/2inches by 48 inches. The smaller newels are 3 1/2 inches X 48 inches

Jatoba Barley twisted newels

Jatoba Barley twisted newels

These are exterior balusters for a home in Atlanta. They measure 3 1/2″ X 30″ 170 pcs. They were designed by the architect, Laura Depree. The wood is Sapele, an African import that is very similar to mahogany. It holds up quite well outdoors and does not have a tendency to bleed through the paint as does Spanish Cedar.

Sapele Balusters 3 1/2" X 30"

Sapele Balusters 3 1/2\

This is my third post regarding homes from the Natchez, MS area. My wife and I went up for the day and though the weather was blustery we enjoyed visiting a few antebellum homes in the Natchez area. We went first to the Auburn House and secondly to Melrose plantation. If you love old architecture Natchez is a wonderful place to visit.

Melrose from the front

Melrose from the front

Melrose from the South side

Melrose;side and rear

Melrose out building

Melrose out building

Melrose plantation front entry

Melrose plantation front entry

Melrose; my wife in front of a monstrous live oak

Melrose; my wife in front of a monstrous live oak

Melrose plantation;a magnolia in full bloom about 8 inches across

Melrose plantation;a magnolia in full bloom about 8 inches across

Auburn Plantation; Natchez, MS

Auburn Plantation; Natchez, MS

These were ordered from a repeat customer in Mass. The twists are called rope twists as opposed to the more popular barley twists. Since the balusters were tapered I recommended the shallower rope twist. There are around 220 balusters for two stairways in this home. I hope to get pictures of the finished project. They usually do a beautiful job.

alternating balusters

These are in soft maple.