Carolina Laurel Handrail

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Carolina Branch Railing

What a beautiful backdrop for this Mountain Laurel Handrail! These deck railing pictures¬†show the forest near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina is the traditional setting for this artform. The curved and sinuous shapes of the rhododendron and mountain laurel trees inspired previous generations efforts to decorate their abodes and set the stage for this work you see here. The trees with yellow leaves in the picture are rhododendron trees in the fall. It’s an evergreen tree but drops old leaves in the fall.

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Couch and Handrail

This project, like many, is custom and was closely coordinated between homeowner, design team and workshop. A good amount of woodwork like milling and roughing up lumber was required to achieve this elegantly spaced pattern. The homeowners vision of spacing and mass was translated by the designer in a series of drawings and achieved in the wood shop. As usual, the onsite contractor and carpenter assembled the railing with nice cuts and tight joints.

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Updated on February 6, 2015 by jimmypader

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