Rustic Handrails

log home railing

Rustic Handrails for the Home

One of the biggest challenges of rustic living is finding alternatives to modern building designs that capture the beauty of nature and rustic handrails are perfectly suited for this task. Putting average railings on your decks, stairs and landings detract from the organic look of your home or log cabin. Even more, contemporary structures can use a touch of nature to tie them into the landscape. Rustic deck railings can add just the right amount of nature to any structure but how do you find the one that has both form and function?
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Branch Railing and Twig Railing

What is Branch Railing and Twig Railing?

Branch railing and twig railing is a type of railing that is made with the twigs and branches of trees. Mountain laurel is a common tree to use for branch railing due to its strength, durability and intricate natural shapes. Guardrails are required along balconies, decks or stairs usually where there is a height difference of more than 30″. A tree branch railing can be functional and also an amazing addition to any space!

Interior Twig Railing

Interior Twig Railing


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Mountain Laurel Door Pulls

Mountain Laurel Door Pulls

Mountain Laurel Door Pulls

Mountain laurel is a versatile wood and can be used for all kinds of different applications. I recently received an inquiry from a homeowner who wanted some Mountain Laurel door knobs. Or course, we were happy to oblige. These door pulls were used on sets of closet doors and the finished result is quite nice. This would be a great look for a rustic kitchen used as cabinet pulls and would really complement any log home or lodge with a rustic branch table.

Deck Railings for the Lissara Lodge

It’s been a while since I went to the Lissara Lodge and witnessed firsthand all the great work they were doing. I caught up with them recently and got a bunch of new pictures of the deck railing to share.

Custom Wood Railing

Custom Wood Railing

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Interior Balcony Railing

Interior Balcony Railing

Interior Balcony Railing

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Upstate New York Deck Railing

Mountain Laurel Handrails are custom built works of art. Like any project, a successful result is usually due to planning and hard work. This project was no exception. The homeowner, carpenter, brick mason were in regular communication with the Wood Railing Workshop to make sure that all the details were right.

rustic porch railing

Rustic Porch Railing in Upstate New York

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Treewindows

This is a cool product I recently discovered. The Treewindow or one of the awesome TreeDoors would be the coolest addition to a log home or rustic cabin. The trees for these creations are grown over a period of more than five years and trained into the required shapes. Make sure to check out the Treewindow website.

tree door

TreeDoor

Bench Deck Railing Plan

We recently built a hot tub deck around a very nice, 7′ square hot tub finished with 1″ tiles. It’s a beautiful tub and the homeowner wanted a nice space for relaxing around the tub and enjoying the mountain scenery. And for this, she needed integrated seating in the railing of the deck. After some searching online, I was unable to find a good plan with dimensions on how to build a bench deck railing. I was also unsatisfied with other built-in deck railing bench designs. So, being proficient in CAD, I decided I would draw up a bench deck railing plan… and here it is!

Bench Deck Railing Plan

Bench Deck Railing Plan

This design can be modified in many ways but at least here you have all the measurements ready. First, cut a pattern and test it to make sure that it fits your deck and that the angle of the recline and the size of the back and seat are agreeable. Once you’re comfortable with your template, start cutting!