Nice Octagon Newel
I saw this very nice tapered octagon newel at Historic House Parts and thought I would try to model it. I have not actually made this newel (in wood that is) but only modeled it using Trimble Sketchup. The Sketchup model is rendered using Twilight Renderer. I’ve always liked then contrast of octagon and turned parts on a newel. This one is a fine example of one. The square base with flat top was common to older style newels. The vase shaped part above the square base is especially nice, I think. This newel measures, according to the web site, only 36″ high which is somewhat short for todays stairways. I’ve elongated my model to accommodate modern codes.