What exactly is “Hand-Craftsmanship”? In the stair and rail business, I say it is exhibited by expert level finish carpentry, limited use of fillers, close tolerance accuracy, careful detailing of ALL elements, specialized cutting, fitting and joinery and intimate knowledge of the building code. A slight sense of style doesn't hurt! Is this seen on every stair job? Sadly no. Why? It may be because there is a sharper focus on speed and profit than on good quality and z
A Minefield Surrounded by Booby Traps
A Minefield Surrounded by Booby Traps Everything I have learned from my years in the stair business can be summed up by the title of this blog. At times in conversation I may hyperbolize a bit for effect. I promise you, I am not hyperbolizing or exaggerating one bit. Stair and rail work is, IMHO, THE most unforgiving, pitfall laden segment of the residential construction industry. These traps and mines do not go BOOM! Oh no, they have dollar signs attached to them! Some
Why a Hardwood Stair and Rail Blog?
That answer,for me, is very simple. For anyone interested in acquiring practical, applicable stair knowledge there happens to be a stunning lack of good, reliable, up to date, code-worthy information. To become proficient at hardwood stair and rail work (classified as "close tolerance" carpentry) a person must struggle for many, many years working in the field under the supervision of…??? Yes, there are many books available. I think I either have seen them or personally