The Iron Branch railing is in the same monumental log and stone home as this railing so the organic feeling of the design was followed through but simplified for the stairs.
The stairs are open so the design incorporated slim tree-trunks that bolt through the stairs which makes them appear to be free-standing and the square-headed bolts look really cool on the under side too - very gothic and castle-ish.
The cap is all hand-formed, the texture was impressed into the steel flat bar first and then the curved shape formed afterwards. A variation of plain balusters and others with branch nubs at various heights was used to give a more randomised look.
The stair railing system encompassed four flights and a guard rail. There is radiant heat installed in this house so we could not bolt into the basement floor so the turn-out newel had to be fastened to the side of the bottom step which worked out very well.
Jackie Jentzsch of Carolina Crafting filmed me while I was putting the first flight of this railing together, see the video below -
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