Craftsman sculpture bannister

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Project by Ellen posted 2865 days ago 10981 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend had water damage in their home and had to have a room floor rebuilt. She had seen some of my sculpture and asked if I could build a bannister for an eat in kitchen out of quarter-sewn oak to match other furniture in her home. But we wanted to go back in there with not only a bannister, but an art piece too.

We worked together on the design and I carved it and inserted it into the bannister. The detail and craftsmanship to make all the pieces fit to make an extremely sturdy design was a big factor here.

I finished this in tung oil and sanded it all to 2000 grit. The most important thing to my work is the touch.

Hope you all like it too.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 2864 days ago

I love the idea of slowly replacing the things in my home with artisan made items, from the kitchenware to the spindles on the staircase. Most of my woodworking lately is all home reno or repair. Thanks for sharing this great project, My (future) deck just got more elaborate! What was the inspiration for the design?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 2864 days ago

Well, I have done wood sculpture and building craftsman style work. My designer friend asked if I could help her. It was her idea to combine these 2 styles. I don’t think I will ever look at a bannister the same way. Now I look at it as an opportunity to design. Thanks for asking.

-- Ellen --

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#3 posted 2864 days ago

it really is amazing how you can make a banister so much more than it is. Your friend is very lucky to have you!

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#4 posted 2864 days ago

I just love this idea…and the execution is fantastic. Very nice work.

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#5 posted 2864 days ago

I am putting in my two cents as a satisfied customer- I have known Ellen for many years.
She gave me my first job as a graphic designer. I have followed her awesome woodworking for the past few years. So when my floor had to be replaced- I thought
what a great way to make lemonade! She and I worked on the design with her husband
and I got a beautiful centerpiece for my great room and an education in execution, tools and problem solving!

-- Jean, Tennessee,

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#6 posted 2864 days ago

The bannister is nice, but the work on your web site is even more outstanding.
My only disappointment is that the pics are so small. I’d really like to see some of
that work in greater detail.
Those pieces invoke a real sense of fun.


-- Gary, Florida.

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#7 posted 2656 days ago

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.. Fact!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 2655 days ago

Pretty. It is a Glasgow Rose?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 2655 days ago

You know, it was a collaboration with a designer buddy of mine. Could be a Glasglow.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Ellen --

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#10 posted 2419 days ago

I really like this…Great job Ellen!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 2030 days ago

This kind of art makes an ordinary house, a home. What a great feeling it must be to have this in your home!! Beautiful work, Ellen!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 1673 days ago

I really like this, wow a great piece!

-- Janice

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#13 posted 1607 days ago

really nice piece of work Ellen…. well done….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 1564 days ago

very inspiring ... I’m staring at my old 1920’s rail and imagining a flower in the middle of it.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 1260 days ago

Very nice!

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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