About Mountain Laurel Handrails

My name is James Pader and I’ve personally been crafting Mountain Laurel Handrails on special requests from clients since 2004.

Mountain Laurel Handrails company owner

Company Owner James Pader with Mountain Laurel Handrails

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!

James Pader

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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.

Wood Railing Man Cave

James Pader and the Man Cave Trailer

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

Customer Reviews

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.

Lake Home Loft Railing

Lake Home Loft Railing

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

We love it and get lots of compliments! — Bryant

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
. 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.

Wood Railing Entrepreneur

Wood Railing Featured Entrepreneur in The Franklin Press

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.

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17 Responses to About

  1. Tino Hernandez says:

    Hello James good evening.
    Hope your doing well. My name is Tino Hernandez. I sell rustic wood rough or plain good prices without intermediaries all premium wood cocobolo parota mahogany and more. my direct cell # 980 613 5068.
    Thanks. Best regards.

  2. Steve Szynkowski says:

    I’m interested in the pine cone railing you have on pinterest. With the branch looking rails.

  3. Cathie Clements says:

    Please email me a product guide. Thank you.

  4. Stu Atwater says:

    Hi James

    I am rebuilding a wraparound rustic porch railing with roughly 3.5″ diameter rails and 5-6″ diameter posts, all with natural bark. The plan is to tenon the rails into the posts with a Lee Valley tenon cutter. If we build the joints tight, I am concerned that the posts will shrink and swell, bending and cracking the rails. Is the best approach to simply leave the rails a little short to allow movement? I like the idea of a tight joint–is there a better way to allow movement and have it look tight?


  5. Priscilla B Revels says:

    Could you give me an estimate for 59′ 3 ft high for outdoor rail to go beside sidewalk. We can come up to pick up finished product and install. Thank you. Love your work.

  6. Debbie Baum says:

    James, Im looking at useing laural wood in an unconventional way!
    My boys own a brewery in Florida and we are making a brew pub in the upstairs.
    We havw a 18 ft banquet where i would like to hang sectioms from the ceiling to hang over head.
    I wood like to talk to yoy about constructing this or sending product for me to make?
    My time line is short. Must have completed by Aug.
    Please contact me to talk about this.

  7. Bernice says:

    I have looked at your beautiful railings and would like a price on a 5ft 5in. one.

  8. Lucy kampf says:

    I was wondering if you could make a rail will wooden oars? There is a small section at the top of our stairs that separates the mushroom. I could get exact dimensions. Also maybe skis as a hand railing going down the two flights of stairs? Just trying to be creative for our summer and winter vacation home.
    Thank you for your time!

  9. Diane Viscione says:

    Contractor coming to measure next week. hopefully he can contact You via phone to place order. I love your products and designs.

  10. Nancy Miller says:

    I sent you an email to let you know that we are using 6X6 post so we felt we would like 2″ lumber. I’m resending this because my computer has been acting up and I didn’t know if you got my last email that I sent on 12-2-14.
    We would like to go with the alder wood

    Thank you and I look foreward to your respone.

    Nancy Miller

  11. sherry says:

    Very interests in the exterior deck railing. Is this product a kit or do you build and ship? We would like a price for 28 feet. Thanks sherry

  12. Neil says:

    I am interested in using it for an outside deck railing,two questions; how much per ft. approx. and what sort of maintainence is required? Thanks, Neil.

  13. Mike Brady says:

    James, I have done a couple of porch railings at our lake house using mountain laurel. I just stumbled accross your website yesterday. I just finished guest quarters at the lake house and was getting prepared to start havesting enough for the hand rails for it as well. I have about 50 feet to do and am not sure if I have enough on my property to harvest enought to do this job. I assume that you harvest your own or you have someone to do it for you. I would be very interested in knowing what you would charge to provide me with enough to do this job. I will never get into doing this on a commercial scale but only for my personal projects. You do beautiful work!! I have a few clients in Franklin and I live in Flat Rock NC. Either a call or an email would be great. Thanks, Mike

  14. Jeff Hawkins says:

    I have about 17 feet of balcony rail,a section of which is curved. Canyou supply enough mt laurel for me to construct my rail?

  15. beth harris says:

    I am interested in knowing more about exterior twig railings. please email me

  16. Rick Millard says:

    Planning new home. Send info

  17. Brandi McGonagill says:

    I am in the process of building a timber frame home and love your stair railings. We are looking to put in something unique on our stairs and in the loft. Our stairs have 16 risers and the loft is a little under 8 ft in length. Can you please give me a cost estimate? Thanks!