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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 01-25-2011 03:59 AM 7673 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some newel posts that I made for a local contractor recently. They are made out of Knotty Alder and are 7” x 7” square. The barley twists are done on the legacy ornamental mill. The column caps were hand turned with a tenon and applied.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 04:10 AM

wow … your photos really show the enormity of scale well. The top balls look like 6 inchers and the curve at the cap begs to be touched, ...really fun post
what will the finish be?
.. I’m sitting here imagining the piece in quartersawn white oak and about 3 coats of garnet shellac>grin>

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 04:23 AM

Hi Les

I see you are still making beautiful pieces. I have always enjoyed the excellent work you do. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 04:54 AM

Don’t know what the finish is Dan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the contractor is suppose to send me some pictures of it when its all finished.
Thanks guys!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 05:31 AM


For what will these massive posts be used? Can’t wait to see the finished pictures. (You will post them, we hope.)

Just thinking of making those before the invention of the Legacy is quite mind-boggling. We need to make a point of getting to civilization some day where they have high-speed internet so we can see the Legacy in action! ;-) (There must be on-line video of it somewhere.)

Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 01-25-2011 04:15 PM

All I can say is—WOW!!!!!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 04:44 PM

Wow. Those are huge.
My favorite part is the little cap on top of the ball. That is sweet.


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#7 posted 01-26-2011 12:36 AM

Those are great…and large. I would be curious to see how they would finish them…spray I would think. They are beautiful.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 09:11 PM

are you willing to make these posts again?

I am interested in finding someone to do this for a job we are working on.


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#9 posted 12-29-2012 02:25 AM

I am building my house after my last trip to Iraq. We were in Belgium for a couple years were We fell in love with barley twist. Would you make some posts for us. Please email me
Skylar Price

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