Schmolze Woodworks was hired by the designers of a large remodel on “The Hill” in Great Barrington to replicate six staircase spindles and a sizable batch of custom casings with rosettes. Both jobs presented unique challenges.
The original spindles had an octagonal center section with each facet slightly coved. I was able to avoid expensive tooling to replicate this feature by making a cylindrical sander on the lath to rough out the coves, after which I used a custom ground scraper to maintain crispness.
Custom cutters were ordered to match the casings – a fairly simple two-bead affair, but the rosettes were off-center to create the effect of the beads flowing around the openings. I was able to gang-turn 4 at a time on the lathe by hand to copy the double bead pattern cut on the shaper.
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