Mountain Laurel Handrails Transform Your Home into a Stunning Work of Art
Hi there, I’m Jimmy Pader. I’m a master woodworker crafting unique works of art in the form of Mountain Laurel Handrail. When I first started building them back in 2004, I was immediately attracted to the artistic possibilities hidden in each twisted branch. These could be molded into an infinite number of designs making each railing completely unique. I had discovered a lost art.
You have found the best way to dramatically improve the appearance of your home. These rustic handrails completely transform your home into stunning art that draws compliments from all who see them.
"The handrails are beautiful!!! We get so many compliments on them."
That’s what Erika said about her front porch pictured here. This is the first order of Mountain Laurel Handrails that was shipped nationwide in 2010. "You were great to work with and you created a work of art for our home."
You can get Mountain Laurel Handrails nationwide.
We have shipped to Alaska, and Hawai’i (pictured here!), and Canada.
We were on TV installing a porch railing for the Man Caves show on DIY network...
Featured in local, state, and even Canadian newspapers...
And had interior balcony and stairs railings featured in industry publications.
Mountain Laurel Handrails can be installed throughout the home. They look great outside...
"We have finally gotten the deck painted and everyone loves the laurel railings. Thank you for making our backyard come alive!" — Mitch
And they can stand up to harsh elements...
"Love, love, love the railings. Just stained them this week and they look great. Thanks again," — Holly and Mark
But they still look awesome on an interior staircase...
"It looks even better than I imagined… And I have a pretty good imagination!" --Kristin
Simply incredible on a curved balcony...
"People are oohing and ahhing over your handiwork on our curved railing. Thanks so much for sharing your skills with our family." — Missie
Yet still work with elegant modern décor.
Custom options are available like white pine log for the rails and newel posts...
Or with more traditional peeled locust…
Or create something unique like this mountain laurel branch top rail and yellow pine bottom.
The Lissara style was designed to be especially intriguing...
While horizontal top and bottom rails showcase the joinery...
Custom shapes are no problem...
And sections can be built extra-tall. This section also has a Mountain Laurel Newel Post...
Just like this one!
So here's how it works
You provide me with your actual post-to-post measurements. Mountain Laurel Handrails come in preassembled sections that are easy to install. A typical section is a top and bottom cedar 2x4 with the mountain laurel branches woven in between.
Sample sections shown here
Sections are built one inch longer than your actual post-to-post measurements. You provide an additional 1x4 top and bottom to make a “sandwich” of the ends of the sticks, as well as the 2x6 top. Prices start at $50/lf plus shipping. To quote your project, I need your total linear footage and city/state for delivery.
When you’re ready to order, you provide me with your actual post-to-post measurements. Sections are built only about one inch longer than your actual measurements, so accuracy is important.
Typical lumber is cedar 2x4 which works well for projects where posts are 6x6 and larger. For 4x4 posts, 1x4 lumber is recommended.
The mountain laurel branches are woven between the boards. Pattern is random with the exception of the sunburst.
Paint or stain on the cedar 2x4 lumber is included in the price of the typical project. You select the stain and we get the same product to match what you're already using. This picture shows some typical Minwax stain products applied to red cedar and white pine lumber.
Sticks are typically not stained. Some people like a natural stain on the sticks since it brings out the red color and gives them a little bit of shine. Cost for this is $10/lf.
Railings meet the 4” sphere rule.
Here’s the list of information needed to finalize your order:
- Freight Accessible Delivery Address --accessible to full size, tractor trailer
- Delivery Phone Number --so delivery driver can schedule delivery
- Lumber Type — typically smooth western red cedar
- Lumber Dimensions — typically 1×4 or 2×4 depending on post dimensions
- Finish Type —Paint, Stain or Unfinished
- Finish Manufacturer -- Product, Color, Tint/Sheen, etc
- Regular Section Lengths
- Regular Section Height -- typically 31” for a finish height of 36”
- Stairs Section Lengths
- Stairs Section Height -- measure as shown in the drawing below
- Stairs Section Angle
- Stairs Section Side of Stairs as you stand at the bottom and look up
- Desired options if any
- Payment in full via check by mail or credit card online
The handrail sections are one side of boards, typically 2x4 as shown here, with the mountain laurel sticks attached. You provide and install the 1x4 boards on the other side and the top cap 2x6 on site after installing the sections. This is so that your installer can hide fasteners in the railing.
Stairs railings are built to match the angle of your stairs. The drawing shows what measurements are needed.
Continue the motif with a Mountain Laurel Branch Banister
Mountain Laurel Branch Banister is approximately 2" diameter and each piece is unique. We provide the material cleaned and ready to endjoin. Your contractor installs and end joins on site and provides the mounting hardware. Prices start at $12/lf plus shipping.
Sunburst pattern, Mountain Laurel Newel Post and Branch Banister
After we have finalized your order, it’s typically 4 weeks until we ship.
Orders are packaged in custom built palletized crates that typically fit in a pickup truck...
And can be moved by a forklift.
When it arrives on site, open the box,
Spread the sections out. Place each section on 2x4 blocks to space it off the floor. Mark the top bottom left and right,
And cut the sections on your marks. Screw them into place.
You provide additional 1x4s to sandwich the ends of the sticks, top and bottom. You also provide the 2x6 top cap.
- Remove sections from package
- Place 2×4 blocks on edge by posts
- Place sections on blocks by posts
- Mark ends of sections and cut to fit
- Slide sections into place
- Screw to post with appropriate size screw
- Cut 1x4s (not included) to size
- Use finish nail gun to nail 1×4 into fatter diameter sticks
- Screw or nail 1x4 to posts
- Cut 2×6 top cap (not included) to length
- Use trim head screws and angle upwards through the 2×4 and 1×4 into the bottom of the 2×6 for a fastener free top
- Also screw the 2×6 into the posts as possible
"Hi James, We are finally living in our beautiful home – everybody comments on the railings. In fact, our inspector was clearly impressed with their beauty and sturdiness! Thanks again. We’ll probably be in touch for more handrails." Kim and Rod
Results like this come from close collaboration between all parties with a strong emphasis on getting the correct measurements. Stairs can be tricky, but I’m here to work with you to ensure that your home is as photogenic as every other one pictured on this page...
Except this one.
Measure twice, cut once...
And you will have an amazing outdoor living area,
Great loft and stairs
Or something completely unique like these carved birds and rustic barnwood.
I’m excited to beautify your home next
May Hawaiin rainbows shine on your railings!