A fun project for a house on Cannon Beach, Oregon. Custom guardrail and handrail for this bright second floor "aerie" which sits way above the ocean and looks south toward that picturesque haystack rock. The floor is roasted white oak. No stain or dye was added to the floor - this is the natural color of oak when it gets roasted.
Here's a drawing of the center medallion. There were quite a few drawings that got presented for this project, and a lot of mental gymnastics that went into the structural parts and tie-ing our work into the house. This was not my favorite design, but it was approved, because of the nautical look to the center motif.
Matching handrail securely buckled to the wall using these painted end caps. The lower rail is fastened to the studs through several bronze tubes, and the fasteners are capped by chiseled square oak pegs. The top rail is fastened to the lower rail using the same bronze tubing, and this provides a nice smooth graspable rail with no interruptions all the way up. At the very bottom of this stairway is a French oak interior door we built for the house as well.
For our rail cap, the oak was selected to have the most quartersawn figure, since it's up near eye level. The painted parts below have several good sturdy coats of acrylic paint in a deep charcoal to match the house trim. The light is a curiosity at the beach - this is a very very deep charcoal, almost black, but the color reads like a much lighter blue grey here.