Mountain Laurel Branch Banister

Handrails for Stairs
Handrails for Stairs

These incredible handrails for stairs were custom built to exact specifications and then shipped to South Carolina for installation. Mountain Laurel Handrails are available nationwide in preassembled and easy to install sections. Contact today for more information and to get started on your project.

When the homeowner sent pictures, this is what he said:

We love it and get lots of compliments!

— Bryant
This homeowner opted to go with pine lumber on the handrail to match the pine shiplap on the interior walls. The newel post at the bottom of the stairs is set to the outside of the tread. This makes the bottom rail of this stair handrail set outside the stair stringer. This is the preferred installation method since it hides the unsightly triangle gap created if the handrail is set in line with the stair stringer and has to sit on the leading edge of the nosing of the tread instead. The homeowner wanted a stair banister to match the handrails for this stairs and since the handrails are of branches, of course that the banister should be as well. The carpenters on this project did a skillful job of joining the mountain laurel sticks that were provided to them. I especially love the step up about halfway up the stairs. The on site carpenters are definitely proficient woodworkers to recognize the innate utility of each piece of wood. A custom piece from Mountain Laurel Handrails will add unique style to your home. This incredible branch banister is the unique architectural element that defines this stair. At the top of the stairs, you’re greeted by a Mountain Laurel Handrail in the sunburst pattern with a Mountain Laurel Newel Post to finish the installation.

Though the long railing was quite a challenge for the carpenters, we are quite happy with them. Thank you.

— Jody

Attached are a few shots.

Branch Banister on Stairs
Branch Banister on Stairs
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Branch Banister with Sunburst Railing
Branch Banister with Sunburst Railing
Sunburst Pattern Branch Railing
Sunburst Pattern Branch Railing

Hi James,

Attached are 3 pictures. I really don’t feel they do your beautiful handiwork justice because the railing is going down a basement stair and the lighting is not too good. If you ever wanted to come over and photograph for yourself that would be wonderful. We’ve used the wall over the railing as a kind of Folk Art Gallery and everyone always comments on the railing. Let me know what you think. I loved looking at the new website. The home in Vermont is just gorgeous.

The end piece which “swoops” is my favorite feature. We love it.

— Sue
Laurel Branch Banister
Laurel Branch Banister
Rustic Branch Banister
Rustic Branch Banister

Add Art to Railings with Mountain Laurel Branch Banister

Mountain Laurel Banisters for stairs are a unique twist on traditional horizontal rails. The curved lines of the laurel branches add pizzazz to any porch, deck or fence, and make a distinctive statement indoors as well as out. Our designs are perfect for your country home or cabin, beach cottage or Texas ranch house. The unique designs also work well in formal settings, softening, the atmosphere and adding a touch of whimsy to your surroundings. As long as you are passionate about making your humble home extra beautiful, you can pretty much add anything you want. One of the things that can make houses ordinary is the railings. There are a lot of choices in the market today to beautify railings, but nothing beats the classic old way of putting up the Mountain Laurel Banisters, which is a distinct twist over the usual horizontal rails.
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Frames and Railings Made Out of Laurel Wood

To create a one of a kind indoor setting, highlight the distinctive rails with a natural banister created from laurel wood. A banister can also be mounted on the wall for use as a quilt rack, or as a spot to hang your collectibles. The homeowner who shared these pictures placed one under her folk art collection to accent the style. Consider including a section of laurel rails as part of your own home gallery. The distinctive curved patterns of the laurel branches create a work of art worthy of framing.

Mountain Laurel Branch Banister
Mountain Laurel Branch Banister

Hand Made Products Ready to Use

Mountain Laurel also produces eclectic chairs and coffee tables. Each order is built specifically to your needs, and is delivered ready to use. Our unique hand made products will set your nest apart from the rest. Come home to Mountain Laurel!

You can even specify the kind of designs that you like to fill your house with, or if you do not have the faintest idea how the Mountain Laurel Banister works, you can ask the staff to show you their best designs or let them take a look at your house so that they can think of designs that will fit your house.

It should not only be limited to houses. Since they are basically designed for any structures, they can beautify beach cottages, cabin or country home, or your old ranch house. There are also unique designs that balance well with formal settings, which soothe the ambiance and create a softening atmosphere.

To make a unique kind of indoor setting, the best way is to highlight the rails with banisters that are naturally created with laurel wood. These can also be used to build a quilt rack and mounted on the wall. It can also be used as a spot in your house where you can hang all your collectibles. Turn all your boring elements into something decorative with the laurel wood banisters. Even your own painting collection can be framed with laurel branches.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Like they say on Monty Python…

If you missed the first post of the finished, but not yet installed, custom designed and built wavy stair banister, then you’re in for a real treat today since I have the pictures of the installed piece. It came out AWESOME! There’s no doubt that this is a one-of-a-kind, work-of-art that was a real collaboration between the homeowner’s vision and the master woodworkers in our workshop.

Wavy Wood Banister Installed
Wavy Wood Banister Installed

On the left is the view from the bottom of the staircase looking up towards the landing. This is the longest of two runs of the banister. This piece was about 11′ long. The other piece was much shorter for only two steps at the top of the landing. Careful measurements and communication allowed our workshop to draw a model from which a cardboard template was cut out. The template was stepped off over the length of the blank piece. Once the lines were drawn on the lumber, the power tools came out and sawdust and wood chips started flying! A circular saw and belt sander were used for rough cutting of the blank, which was then finished to the desired 2″ diameter. The homeowner is going to stain and finish it once her color scheme is final.

Here’s what the homeowner had to say about her project:

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
Custom Wood Banister
Custom Wood Banister
This is the view from the top of the landing down to the foot of the stairs. I can only imagine that it is quite amazing installed. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to see it since it was shipped from North Carolina to New Jersey.
Custom Banister
Custom Banister

Here are some other views of the custom wood banister. Even the cardboard template was cool; it looked like a lightning bolt.

Banister Plan
Banister Plan
Wavy Banister
Wavy Banister

Any project like this requires close coordination between onsite crew and offsite workshop. Exact measurements are so crucial to quality workmanship.

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Mountain Laurel Handrail on Man Caves

Porch Railing Man Cave
Installing Porch Railing for Man Caves

So, we had a great day at the jobsite in New Jersey installing handrails for an exterior Man Cave. We started off the day removing a white metal porch railing, making some room for the pergola. It’s built with aromatic cedar which smells really nice when you cut it and has a nice red color. Some rustic porch railings were installed today and the rest are going in tomorrow.

Man Caves has a great crew of people working really hard to get each project started and completed in a few short days. They also have an awesome tool trailer. They have a mobile setup that they roll out to set up shop on location. The homeowners are wonderful and I can’t wait to see their reactions when the project is unveiled. They man of the house is getting an exterior space with an African theme and lots of rustic details. The landscaping and masonry crew was hard at work late into the night on a new courtyard made with flagstone pavers and a retaining wall with a nice curve.

Mobile Shop for Man Caves Crew
Man Cave’s Mobile Shop
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Hopefully, you got to see the episode of Man Caves featuring Mountain Laurel Handrails. It was great to see it all come together in 24 minutes! In reality, there was so much work that went into that project to make it all appear so seamless. Like any other construction project there were some stumbles along the way but all in all the Man Caves crew and the production team, along with all of the independent contractors, like yours truly, came together to take this exterior Man Cave to the next level. A big thanks to the show’s designer for finding Mountain Laurel Handrails and inviting us to be a part!!! We’re looking forward to the next one.

Mountain Laurel Handrails for Man Caves
Mountain Laurel Handrails for Man Caves

The finished Man Cave is an exterior porch and pergola with a nice grill in a custom built in end cabinet. The pergola is made of cedar logs and lumber and goes nicely with Mountain Laurel Handrail. African-themed masks adorn the walls on the house. The space continues around the corner and down two stairs into the backyard. There’s ample outdoor seating and an awesome outdoor fireplace. The homeowner’s also have a new outdoor bar to entertain their friends. Many thanks to the kind homeowners for the awesome food and iced coffee drinks!

AWoodRailing.com on Man Caves TV show
AWoodRailing.com on Man Caves TV show

The best part about being on Man Caves was the TOOLS! Arrive at the job site prepared with four tents that are put together to create a dry and cozy work area. Roll out tools from the neatly organized tool trailer and get the whole thing set up in short order. Set up big tools like table saws and chop saws along with work stations for multiple projects going on at one time. Dedicate an area to only fasteners of which every type is accounted for and kept nicely stocked. Plenty of work surfaces and clamps also. Where is Tim the Toolman? He would have had a blast in this shop.

Jeremy Pyatt on Man Caves
Jeremy Pyatt on Man Caves

The first thing we did after we rolled out our tools was to take off the existing railing. Then the pergola crew set up his posts and beams. Meanwhile, the Man Caves crew was working in the shop on custom furniture like the grill cabinet, bar and outdoor table. The crew that installed the retaining wall and paver patio did a great job and were highly skilled and capable. They ended up setting up work lights and working into the night. It wasn’t easy but I’m glad they did since it made for a real cool picture of Mountain Laurel Handrail at night!

Porch Railing at Night
Porch Railing at Night

This all started with a search for ‘rustic railings’. Once the designer saw how well Mountain Laurel Handrails would work with the space, there was no turning back and they were already in the drawings! If you’d like to use this stunning railing system on your dream project, Contact me Today!

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