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I thought I would let all the friends of Architecture Would Turnings know that we have created a new Stair  Newel site (try to say that 10 times really fast).  I’m going to post a link here so that anyone interested may be able to go there and peruse or purchase our  stair newels.  Of course you can always go to our flagship site Architectural Turning to purchase newels and balusters or any other turning products that we manufacture and sell.  Our new site is Stair-Newels.com.  Will be showcasing primarily are Newels there and would appreciate it if you would take a look tell us what you think.

thank you,

Kim Vedros

mantel surround with rope twisted columns

This is another model and rendering I did recently exploring mantel design with split rope twisted columns.  Presumably this would be made in cast stone but it certainly could be fashioned from wood.  The eyebrow arch makes for an additional good show I think – I love eye brow arches.  The mantel shelf is visually supported wit ha large crown molding.

Beautiful Custom Stairs is a web site devoted to the work of Loren Dugan in the Seattle area.  I found his site on the web and was so impressed with his work I thought it would be nice to alert my readers to it for inspiration as well as those in the Northwest that might be interested in his services.  The staircases in the gallery represent not only beautiful design but exceptional craftsmanship as well. I know you will agree.  You can go to his stair gallery here: Beautiful Custom Stairs Gallery

These are a set of inside balusters we reproduced in soft maple some time back.  The design is simple but nice, I think.  The piantee baluster is the original obviously.  They measured 1 3/4″ wide at the squares. 

These poplar newels were produced for a customer in South Alabama. His wife wanted to simulate the newel in a Pottery Barn catalog image. I’ve had other customers that requested these but I normally will make them with a smaller ball on top. The originals remind me of the old gumball machines.

gumball newel

gumball newel

The image below is larger version of the same newel but with a smaller top.

pottery newel

pottery newel

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

These twisted mahogany columns went to a customer on Catalina Island off the coast of California. They were to be part of a pool cabana and were designed to match the existing house columns. They are , in fact staved construction meaning that they are hollow and are composed of eight pieces. Once the eight pieces are glued up the column is a hollow octagon. The octagon is then turned round and finally the roping is milled.

twisted house columns

twisted house columns

Mahogany columns

Mahogany columns

Below is two of the column bases that we turned for the columns.

column bases

column bases

Some of the originals on Santa Catalina below:

orig-spiral-columns-base

orig-spiral-columns1