This log and branch railing is some of the most unique looking railing available for your home! Made from black locust logs for the top and bottom pieces with the mountain laurel branches carefully fit to the curve of the log, these railings require master carpentry skills.
Each one is unique since the branches and the logs are different. There is so much variation between the pieces since the material arrives to the workshop in the twisted and wonderful shapes.
These preassembled sections arrive at the jobsite ready to install. Some work is required to install them but as one carpenter I worked with as an apprentice said, “If it’s wood, I can fix it.” You provide your actual post to post measurements and we work together to determine the appropriate amount to add on to the actual measurement to allow for on site joinery.
There are many ways to attach the railings to the posts. One method involves drilling a hole, or mortise, in the post. The end of the log railing is shaped into a tenon which then fits tightly into this hole. Screws are sometimes used to secure this joint. This method can be difficult as the railing sections must be installed concurrently with the posts.
Another method is to shape the ends of the railing log to match the curve of the log post in much the same manner as the mountain laurel sticks are coped to match the log top and bottom.