spiral staircase

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Project by johan posted 05-27-2012 02:58 PM 2950 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer saw this Yellowwod log and envisionaged a staircase for his home in Hanover in the Northern Cape. I was commissioned to design and build this amazing piece. I was allowed to use my creativity to make this happen, but I could only do so as to how the log dictated. This made the job so much more difficult, as this Yellowwood log had so many different angles. It was also a logistical nightmare as the log weighs approximately 2 tons and a lot of mathematical engineering went into the design of the stairs. The staircase itself is 2.5m wide by 2.6m high. The base of the log itself is 1.3m wide and tapers to 700m at the apex. The stairs are from Stinkwood and are fitted into the Yellowwood log. This staircase will be fitted onto the floor and then the house is going to be built around it.

My customer is over the moon!

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 03:08 PM

AWESOME! It looks great.

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 03:32 PM

now this is a great job, your a lucky man to have gotten this commission…enjoy it and i hope there can be some after pictures acquired…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 03:47 PM

WOW…is a great job

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 03:52 PM

Amazing work John I can’t imagine trying to lay this out. your are a genius.

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 04:04 PM

Dit lyk goed vir my

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 04:06 PM

Beautiful solid spiral staircase and treads. Once this is mounted on the house floor, are you going to get
to do the railing also? Hope that we will get to see the house also. I can see why the owner is happy
with this project. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 05-27-2012 04:33 PM


You and the homeowner were destined to meet for this project is truely ‘visionary’.

This will be a beautiful feature in his home.

I marked this to be ‘Watched’ in anticipation of additional posts and pictures.

A wink and a nod from Mother Nature. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 05:12 PM

Boy, this is going to be one impressive spiral staircase! Is the owners daughter plan on getting married and having her picture taken on this magnificent set of stairs? You look like you know what you are doing so I wish good luck and happy creating/fabricating/erecting!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 05-27-2012 06:02 PM

Wow! Very beautiful.

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#10 posted 05-27-2012 09:22 PM

Impressive! Even though it was tough to figure out, I bet you had a blast making it.

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 09:40 PM


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 05-28-2012 01:27 AM

thats a job there it going to be grand, hope he will let you takes some pic of it in his house

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 01:49 AM

Great Job VERRY NICE have built a few but nothing like that truley inspireing

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 04:01 AM

The house is going to be built around your piece? It that’s not a boost to the ol’ ego then nothing is! :DD

Great looking staircase, and looks like a really fun project. Wish I would get commissions like that. Thanks for sharing!

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#15 posted 05-28-2012 05:21 AM

That is some fine woodworking.

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