About Wood Railing
My name is James Pader and I’ve personally been crafting mountain laurel handrails on special requests from clients since 2004.
In 2009, I posted pictures of a deck railing project my construction company installed. I started receiving inquiries about the availability of the product nationwide. The first national shipment went from Franklin, NC to Washington State.
I work with a team of independent woodworkers who I’ve trained in my railing crafting techniques. Each crafter produces works of exceptional beauty that will add a unique design element to your home decor.
I look forward to working with you on your rustic wood railing project!
As Seen on TV!
Did you know Mountain Laurel Handrails was on TV?!? Now you do. :) We were on the Man Caves show on the DIY network in 2011. Watch the full episode and see more pictures.
In the News…
Taking a Bough
–The Laurel Magazine, September 2014
Railing design ranges widely:
For cottage country a few artfully placed tree branches can’t be beat!
–Edmonton Journal, August 25, 2014
Rustic Handrails – Mountain Laurel Railings add an artistic twist to a deck design
–Professional Deck Builder Magazine, August 2014
This article discusses how to build curved railings.
Mountain of a Makeover
–Qualified Remodeler, May 2014
Venture Local Series Focuses on Construction Industry
–Macon County News, 12 July 2012
The entrepreneurial spirit – Pader brings new life to old laurel limbs
–The Franklin Press, January 2012
The Lake at Lissara opens near Lewisville
–Winston-Salem Journal, 1 May 2011
Rustic Railings: Remodeler Turns to Niche Craft in Slow Economy
–Remodeling Magazine, 21 April 2011
Green Inspiration: Sparking Interest in Energy Efficient Building in North Carolina
–Remodeling Magazine, 9 December 2010
Here’s what customers have said about Mountain Laurel Handrails.
The only thing that speaks louder than these client testimonials are the beautiful pictures of their completed projects.
I designed my lake home wanting to make it unique as possible. I had seen pictures of railings like this and always wondered how to build something like it. I started doing a little research on line and found Mountain Laurel Handrails. After a few emails and some dimensions the railings were ordered and delivered shortly after. They were accurately built and easy to install. Now I have a very unique railing and it’s kind of like functional artwork. Thanks!— Owen
We love it! — Brian
“We love the deck railing sections! Thank you so much! I’m sure we will love them more when they’re installed!” — Jeri
“The handrails are beautiful! We get so many compliments on them. You were great to work with and created a work of art for our home!” — Erika
“Laurel stick rail is jaw dropping and conveys the “WOW” factor too. Our friends can’t take their eyes off it: the “lace” on our deck. For all those folks out there considering laurel stick rail on their deck or in their home, give Jimmy a call. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.” — Brent Nelson
“This is the finished product at the Gibson residence in West Virginia. The owners were very happy with the end result and it was a pleasure working with you on the project. Thanks!” — Rob Loar, Loar Home Improvement
As you may be able to tell from the pictures, the railings have been up for several weeks; I am just now getting around to send you the pictures I promised. As I hope you can tell, the project turned out very well, and we are delighted with the railings. — Regis
We have finally gotten the deck painted and everyone loves the Laurel
railings. Thank you for making our backyard come alive! — Mitch
The banister is finally up! YEY!!! It looks great. See the pictures. I think in reality it looks even nicer than on the pictures …. I have to finish my stairs first and then I will finish the banister. I think I may tint it to golden oak color and put teak oil. Thanks for all your help! — Margaret
Hope these pictures work for you. We think the balcony railing adds so much to the Texas barndominium look. We really like them and get many positive comments. Thanks for being so easy to work with through the process. — Nancy
My apologies for not sending some pictures sooner. My wife is also working on getting a good picture of the gate and I will forward that when I get it. We love the railings and have received many compliments on them. Thanks again! — Joe
People are oohing and ahhing over your handiwork on our curved railing. Thanks so much for sharing your skills with our family. — Missie
Mountain Laurel Handrails is a trademark of Winter Sun Construction, LLC which is a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina, #65844. And also a certified Federal contractor.
In January 2012, Mountain Laurel Handrails and company owner James Pader were the first featured business in a new series in The Franklin Press on local entrepreneurs. I was interviewed by Bob Scott and we also took some pictures. It was raining which made for even light but some slightly wet (but undamaged) photo equipment. I’m grateful to the people who made this possible: Tommy Jenkins with the Macon County NC Economic Development Commision for taking action to promote local business in the community and Bonnie Pickartz of Goshen Timber Frames for recommending me for the feature.