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One of my customers needed several replacement balusters for her stair project in New York. After sending me an original, we carefully made a CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing and then had the templates cut by a local company with a laser CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine. You should be able to see the 8 lighter colored balusters near the bottom of the stairway.  If memory serves me these were crafted from cherry.  After finishing the balusters should blend in quite well.

baluster reproduction

baluster reproduction

These are exterior balusters that we turned for a customer to replace the other existing balusters that had rotted.   As you can see the white baluster was the original that we duplicated.  They measure 2 1/2″ wide at the squares by 32″ tall.   The wood used for the project was Spanish Cedar, an excellent species that resists rot and insect damage.

exterior balusters

exterior balusters

These are solid cypress columns we made for a local contractor. The rough lumber was delivered 12″ X 12″ X 10′. The final width was 10 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ X 99″. As such, we had to secure someone with a logging mill to bring them down to the near final thickness. They were quite heavy because of their size and the fact there there was still significant water in them (they were not sufficiently dry when we got them) We cut them to length with a combination of circular saw and chain saw. The images show our progression of bring them from square to finished turning and sanding. In the end there was significant checking due to the drying. As we turned deeper and deeper into the cypress wet wood was exposed and quickly began to dry causing the checking.





poplar rope moldings

alder rope moldings

These 4 inch wide rope moldings were made for a customer in CA.  The images are taken of the three footer and the  eight footer.  There was also a 6 footer and 4 footer.  The longer molding was made in poplar to be painted.  The shorter piece was from alder.  To make these the two halves were glued with news paper between.  After the pieces were turned and roped one simply has to use a hammer and chisel to split them with little trouble.  Presumably these will be used to apply to cabinet fronts.  Should look great.

In my search for some of the better interior design blogs (yes, I love to read what others are saying) on the internet I came across They have compiled their list of the 25 of the best interior design and furniture blogs out there. I was familiar with, and but had not ever visited the others. I you have an interest in design trends, design ideas, where to buy or just inspiration you’ll do yourself a favor by visiting Padstyle

I occasionally like to look at newel and baluster designs online to “rev” up my creative juices since I often am called upon to design both for my customers. I found this beauty on Jerry West’s Flickr account and thought I would post it here. Hat’s off to him for a fine design and execution. You will enjoy seeing some of the other pieces he has posted in his account. Click on the link below the image.

walnut newel

walnut newel

Walnut Newel

These alder kitchen island legs are 5 1/2″ wide X 36″ long. The particular twist on these island legs is called a barley twist. I suppose it simulates barley grain or a stalk of barley??? I’ve never grown barley (seen it in pictures only) but this is what it is called. You will have to make your own judgment about whether the name is justified or not.
The alder, for some, has become a substitute for cherry. You’ll have to use your judgment on this as well as to whether alder resembles cherry. But alder it is. Alder is more plentiful in the West and not so common here in the Deep South but it is, in fact, shipped here. The alder I purchase is knot plentiful except for the select grades (which is what is pictured below). Even the select has occasional small tight knots. You can see a few on these legs.

Alder Island Legs

Pictured below is one of the latest sets of stair newels we have turned out in our shop. These are turned from 8/4 mahogany in two different sizes. The larger 5 1/2″ newel will be used foro the base of the stairs. The 3 1/2″ newels will be used for landings and balconies. It’s hard to tell but there are five pieces that are split in half which be used at terminal points of the handrail. They will be attached directly to the wall. These are , of course, over-the-post newels and will require a handrail fitting attached to the top of the newels to attach to the handrail.

mahogany stair newels

mahogany stair newels

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You can create a different environment with easy decoration in your house. It gives your eyes the soothing comfort as well as freshens up the look of your own house. Through this article I will give explanation how to redecorate your home with useful and easy steps.

You can brighten the color of your house walls by adding up extra colors if you are tired of the old color. You can try to add more than two colors maybe lighten or darker than the present color. This way can make the color combination more wonderful. You should to avoid using colors which contradicts with another such as yellow and brown.

For your house decoration, mirrors can be a good addition which are used to brighten up your room. During the day, mirror reflects the sunlight giving a natural light to your room. No need to spend money purchasing the new ones, you can use some of unused mirrors in your home. Using large size mirrors are recomended. For light color distribution, try to put it across doors or windows.

Also, you can try to use curtains to beautify your own home. For more dramatic look, windows and walls can be added with curtains. Important for you to know, curtains have been used several years ago and until this day, it still one of required materials in house decoration. If you want some privacy, open doorways can be added with curtain. Choosing a color which will complements the color of the windows and walls. This way will give a best result for your room.

Flowers can also be a good decoration since this lovely plant provides the natural feeling in your own home. You can place several flowers in a very stunning flower arrangement and also place a vase in the center table. You can place it somewhere, over your desktop or dining table, or even beside the phone table.

Flowers are a important part and affect on the overall look of the decorated room. Fresh flowers are required as they can stay for days. Besides it, you need to consider the flower colors. Make sure the colors will meet your house decor.

Above are some hints which are very easy to do in decorating your home. By adding up more luster as well as life, you are able to beautify your house.


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Skylights and sky tunnels are an affordable and easy way to bring sunshine and natural light into every space in your home. There are different types of skylights that can be used for different purposes and locations. Venting skylights can be used in kitchens and bathrooms to take unwanted humidity out of the room. You can also choose from nonventing skylights, self flashed skylights and tubular skylights to use throughout your home. You can give new life to your old rooms in creative way with skylights. Skylights will add value to your home and make your rooms seem larger.

With skylights you will get over 30% more light than you would with vertical windows; plus you will have perfect views of the sky. If you are concerned about privacy you can get a variety of sun screening accessories for both fixed and vented skylights. New skylights on the market today offer pre-engineered flashing kits for the home or building with shingles, tiles, and metal roofs. They skylights are designed to prevent leaks and when properly installed they are leaf proof.

You can quickly and easily install skylights which will make a beautiful addition to any room and supply natural light. Sun tunnels, tubular skylights, and venting skylights are different types of skylights to choose from. Sun tunnels and tubular skylights are perfect for bathrooms, walk-in closets, and hallways. You can easily install these types of skylights in a couple hours.

Venting skylights will serve a dual purpose by allowing natural light to enter your home and allowing the air to be circulated throughout your home. Skylights will let more light into your home, reducing energy costs. Venting skylights add extra natural light and help eliminate moisture in the air, so they are great for bathrooms. Vented skylights in a bathroom will offer privacy, fresh air, and they will let moist air escape – helping to prevent mold and mildew.

Installing venting skylights will give you several benefits, such as; improving indoor air quality and at the same time being energy efficient. You will get many benefits from installing venting skylights in your kitchen and dining area. These types of skylights will allow hot air and odors to escape. You can lower energy costs and allow natural light to flow through your cooking area. Venting skylights will add a nice touch to your dining area. You will really appreciate them when you are entertaining guests in your home because they will help circulate the air and keep the room from becoming stuffy and warm.

The addition of venting skylights, sun tunnels, and tubular skylights will surely pay for themselves over time. The natural light that will pour through your rooms will cut down on lighting costs. You will also be able to save on energy costs by using venting skylights to help circulate the air instead of fans. The natural light will also make your rooms feel more inviting and add value to your property.