Archive for December 28th, 2009

These two images below are from a project that we produced in 2007. The balusters and exterior columns were for a large renovation project near Chicago. They were part of an exterior balcony system and a “widows peak”. A widows peak is a roof top balustrade surrounding the perimeter of a flat roof area. The balustrade is designed to keep one from walking over the edge of the roof. I’m not sure where widow’s peak originated from but homes near rivers, lakes and canals that had them were supposedly for the wives to keep a look out for their husbands coming in from sea.
The balusters are 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The balustrade columns are 4 1/2 inches in diameter with two different size finials.

exterior balusters

exterior balusters

balustrade columns

balustrade columns

Pictured below are a number of Spanish cedar balusters made for a renovation project. You can see the original in white paint to the left. They measure 3 1/2 inches in diameter and are about 30 inches long. The shoulders on the top and bottom are square. (shoulders are the transitional area between the square section and the turned section).

Spanish Cedar balusters

Spanish Cedar balusters