One of our clients lives amongst the piney woods and wanted to bring the outside into her home. I designed this pine cone tree railing especially for her.
The newell post looks like a tree trunk with the tree roots "growing" around the bottom stair tread. Each pine cone, needle, and tree branch texture is wrought iron; hand forged of course.
The detail in this design is impecable; to the left is a photo of a section of the railing about two third's way finished. As you can see, every single layer is made piece by piece and then welded together to make a pine cone or needle. Each pine cone has its own personality; some are closed, some open, some are larger, some smaller. This section was made so that we could show the client all the little details we were proposing; we ended up not using almost all of them in the actual railing.
I love it when we get a client who is thinking outside of the norm; it's so much fun to come up with unusual metalwork designs. Based on this design, we also ended up making a tree-like chandelier, as well as a three-tiered, 10' tall fandelier. It's amazing how one thing inspires you to push the design further and dream up a brand new concept which is then fulfilled in wrought iron, brass, copper or aluminum.
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written by: Izabela Wojcik