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N105 Newels


This set of three newels (N105 Newel) were made for a customer in New York. They are made in red oak (the newel caps are not shown). The base of the of these is 7 inches and the height 44 inches. The cap which is not shown matches the 6210 handrail profile. The N105 is one of my later designs. It simulates a Greek column with an extended base. I hope to start making pedestal newels which will take the column newel notion a little further.

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Octagon Newel

aronson newel-rendered

This is an old newel that we turned for a customer in New York state. Actually my partner turned it in Massachusetts. It was to be painted and so we glued up from poplar. The base was 8 inches at the “flats”. The top, however, was 7 inches. The top was quite narrow to received the handrail so the installer had to use an up easing to make the connection other wise the handrail would have been too wide on the rake angle. I like the design -their architect made it based on a magazine picture.  The balusters were made for the same job.  This design was common at the turn of the 20th century.

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Closed Stringer Variation

So this is another variation of the closed stringer.  I modeled these 3 1/2″ barley twisted balusters with both top and bottom with 1 1/4″ pins.   You get a full sized baluster without having to worry about making a larger handrail to accomodate the larger baluster – the best of both worlds.  The trim, I have to admit is probably too large (wide).  But that is easy to fix – don’t make it so wide.  Let me know what you think.

closed stringer spiral baluster


closed stringer spiral baluster 1

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Closed Stringer Stairway

Many homeowners are not aware of two of the main styles of stairways.  Or, if they are aware, they would not know how to express to someone one style as opposed to the other.   The two main types are the open stringer and the closed stringer.  The open stringer stairway – probably the most common- has the treads open on one side or both sides of the stairway.  The closed, on the other hand, has the ends of the treads capped or closed because of the rise of the stringer.  The images below should tell it all better than I can verbalize it.

The closed stringer staiway enables one to use larger balusters (if desired) because the treads size are not contraining their width like an open stringer staircase would.  Larger balusters, however, require a larger handrail or handrail base to receive the tops of the larger balusters.  One way to get around this is to make the baluster tops smaller or to use pin topped balusters.


open stringer stair detail



closed stringer stairway

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N106 Rendering

i am going to post a series of renderings based on mostly our newel designs but also some different stairway renderings. They are mostly a product of my dallying with Sketchup and the Maxwell rendering engine. The first is a 3D model of our N106 newel with painted balusters, handrail and fitting. The balusters are from the 1800’s collection (1815 balusters). The horizontal bases are the only way these can be ordered.


N106stair detail

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Modified Cherry N102’s

You can tell by the number of newels in the photo that this was quite a huge stair project. The contractor and designer on the job were not sure about what newel they wanted to use. In the end they decided to modify my N102 newel. I really like the way these came out. In fact, I like them better that the original N102. The only difference they made was to elongate the skinny part of the “shaft” or shank to make the vase detail longer.  Can you tell the difference?  The first image is the elongated newels.  The second image is the original N102.



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Another image from The Mississippi Beach Home

In following up on my last post, I thought I would add this image from the home on the Mississippi beach of the first floor staircase. I’m not sure if the final finish has been applied here but it must be close to complete. I think the alternating balusters really look great. This is the first time we used the an alternating style with this particular newel. The upper floor stairway incorporates the same parts, though has one side walled instead of open like the first floor stairway.



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Lighthouse Staircase in Mississippi

This is a stairway we supplied the parts for on the Mississippi coast. There were actually two staircases in the home so a lot of parts were needed. The owners were really into sailing and loved the water. So a maritime theme was prevalent thought out the home. The light house newels were from our stock N110 newel.  The balusters are modeled after the lighthouse newel (they have the same lines).  The owner wanted a barley twist alternating with the plain baluster.



The barley twisted and plain balusters below







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Barley Twisted Table Legs


These are a foursome set of 3 1/2″ X 30″ barley twisted legs. They are turned from poplar and will be painted. My client needed an inch extra to make a higher table and a wider table apron. Normally table legs would be 29 inches to make a 30 inch high tabletop (with a one inch thick top).