Log Railing for Log Homes and Log Cabins

Black Locust Mountain Laurel Handrail

Black Locust Mountain Laurel Handrail

There is no railing design more unique than this one which incorporates rustic deck balusters made of mountain laurel branches. In the forest, the branches grow into wondrous shapes. The trees transform into logs used by master craftsmen in the Smoky Mountains to make the best-looking log railing around!

 

White Pine Log Railing with Log Newel Posts

Pine Log Handrail

Pine Log Handrail

This log and branch railing is the most unique looking railing available for your log cabin decor! Since each stick comes with its own unique contours, you’ll find no boring deck balusters on these railings. The carpenters try to use the longest sticks possible to really add character to each section. You can see in the picture how this makes a fabulous statement on your deck! Sometimes, there is rustic furniture that invites you to take a seat and have a cool drink.

Log Railing

Log Railing

The preassembled sections in these log railing kits arrive at the jobsite ready to install. Some work is required to install this log railing kit 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.

White Pine Log Railing

White Pine Log Railing

This is such a great log cabin idea! 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.

 

Stained Cedar Log Railing

Stained Log Railing

Stained Log Railing

This custom white cedar log railing was precisely crafted to fit metal brackets with attachment points. The logs are white cedar 4″ rounds that have been stained with Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil in the Mahogany Flame color. The cedar logs take on a great look and nicely compliment the mountain laurel branches. These log sections are super strong and sturdy and are the perfect fit for any log cabin!

Cedar Log Railing

Cedar Log Railing

Custom Log Railing with Metal Brackets

Custom Log Railing with Metal Brackets

The feel of real wood under your hand as you lean on you deck is utterly unmatched by any other building material. A real log also has a plethora of textures and visual accents ingrained before any work is done to it at all—true natural beauty incarnate. The form of the log itself—not quite precisely flat in any direction—will be different from every other log railing out there, ensuring a unique look for your deck.

Log Handrail

Log Handrail

Railing with White Cedar Logs Stained Mahogany Flame

Railing with White Cedar Logs Stained Mahogany Flame

Detail of Metal Brackets and Log Handrail

Detail of Metal Brackets and Log Handrail

Log Railing with Metal Attachment Points

Log Railing with Metal Attachment Points

 

Black Locust Log Railing

Black Locust Mountain Laurel Railing

Black Locust Mountain Laurel Railing

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. Black locust logs are available with the bark on and intact or with the bark peeled off and the logs sanded smooth.

Laurel and Locust Railing

Laurel and Locust Railing

A log railing is an excellent way to set your deck and your back yard apart. While you could have a railing made from conventionally cut and smoothed boards of wood or constructed out of other materials such as iron or plastic, there is something truly special about a railing made out of a simple log. The log railing itself gives your deck a taste of nature that it couldn’t have otherwise.

Locust Log Handrail

Locust Log Handrail

The log railing nicely compliments the twists and turns made by the rungs of locust or laurel wood that connect the railing’s top and bottom. Plus, wood is quite strong on its own without the need for any reinforcement, and a log railing can deal with anything life on the back porch could throw at it.

Log and Branch Handrail

Log and Branch Handrail

Log and Branch Railing

Log and Branch Railing

Log Railing Installation Instructions

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.

Locust and Laurel Stair Handrail

Locust and Laurel Stair Handrail

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 to match the log top and bottom.

Locust and Laurel Stair Railing

Locust and Laurel Stair Railing

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Updated on July 24, 2014 by jimmypader

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6 Responses to Log Railing

  1. Erik Keselica says:

    Hello,

    I have an upcoming project in Mountainview, CA in which my company is building a series of aerial bridges and platforms in redwood trees. I’m interested in pricing info for log rails. The total linear footage for the small platform rails is ~200 ft. This includes 10 octagonal platforms, with 6 3′ sides each (2 sides are reserved for bridge access). So we would need approximately 60 30″ rail sections and 80 newel posts.

  2. Sandra LaPage says:

    Hi, was just wondering about pricing. What would an 8 ft section of the log branch handrail cost?
    thanks

    • jimmypader says:

      Thanks for inquiring about Mountain Laurel Handrails!
      To quote your project, I need your total railing length and city/state for delivery.

  3. Victor Tzorbatzoglou says:

    I am looking for a wooden rail for the foot of my bar. I want a long branch to extend from one end of the bar to the other. Is that something you could make or supply?

    Please let me know.

  4. Annie Marie Peters says:

    This really is the most unique log railing I’ve ever seen. The peeled black locust makes such an interesting contrast for the mountain laurel. Beautiful craftsmanship!