Modern curved stair in elm built using horizontal laminates.

I often use horizontal laminates for building central cut strings. As these parts have to  support the whole weight of the stair, they have to have a large depth and thickness. Horizontal laminates enables me to make these parts easily while also saving time to produce a part that is exceptionally ridge and strong. Here […]

Carving a Wreathed Hand Rail on a CNC with Rotary Axis

One of the dying crafts that the modern world is slowly pushing to extinction is the  craft of building curved hand rails. Once considered one of the highest achievements of a professional joiner and stair builder the craft is actually practically forgotten. This is in large part due to the  modern-day  equation that time is […]

Another Curved Stair Project

  Here’s an email from Laurence a cabinet maker based in the south west of France. He has just made his first stair with a curved central cut string using my horizontal laminated techniques. He has given a original effect by leaving the laminates visible without an exterior veneer. Bonjour M. Tillson Une petite photo […]

Traditional Wreathed Stair Using High and Low Tech

I have already published a few photos of the stairs made by Rick and Andy Suckely. Rick has recently sent me the photos of the finished stair so I thought I’d write a quick summary of the project to show how they build a high end bespoke stair using horizontal laminates, traditional tangent hand railing […]

How to build a wreathed hand rail on a metallic rail : 3rd part

Here is the last article in the series for building a curved wreathed handrail on an irregular metallic rail. In my last article in this series I showed how to adjust the wreathed rail’s core form onto the metallic rail and how to apply the walnut veneers to prepare the rail for moulding. You can […]

Modern techniques for making curved handrails : Over view

Real life situations are usually too diverse to fit all in one box. And Stair building is certainly on of the more complex and diverse branches of woodworking. Like most professionals, to make life easier, I have developed over the years my own methods of tackling different problems. One of the more complex and challenging […]

How to Make a Wooden Handrail on Metal Rail : part 2

Here’s the second article on building irregularly curved handrails on metallic rails. Theses articles explain how to make a wreathed handrail in walnut that follows a pre-existing metallic rail. Before reading you might like to read the first article here: Once the basic handrail’s curved forms are made I usually adjust them onto metallic […]

How to use StairDesigner and ProgeCad for Tangent Handrailing

One of the most difficult parts of stair building is building a solid continuous curved hand rail, and the most tricky question is often how to design the rail and mark it up. I know, and have used 2 methods of marking up a solid hand rail. These methods traditionally need one to draw up […]

Quick Tours of the Workshop

Here are a few videos to show you around my workshop and share with you the jobs we are actually working on. If you would like more information on specific topics just leave a comment to tell me and I’ll see what I can do. *********************************** Jobs at hand November 9th 2011 If you find […]