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09-05-2013 01:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stairs

I was looking through some old pictures that I haven’t looked at in quite a few years just to post a couple on Joey’s ‘glue up of the day thread’. I spent an hour and a half looking at pic’s! LOL!
I didn’t want to highjack his thread so I thought I’d start a new one. Thought you might find it interesting.
It’s funny….we’ve done a lot of cool stuff over the last 22? 23? years. You tend to forget a lot of the different jobs, I guess just because a lot of this stuff can be extremely consuming. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, another customer walks through the door with something crazier….you put the last crazy job behind you and focus 200% on the next.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood, wondering…sweet mother of…..How the HELL am I gonna pull this one off??!!
Yes….in case your wondering….I live, eat and sleep stairs and woodworking. They are my life and yes I’m nuts.

A few random ones, Hope you enjoy!

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 02:06 PM

Some wickedly impressive displays of stair work Tony… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 02:55 PM

Okay, I’m impressed! After admiring the craftsmanship, my next thought was “How does he get them out of the shop and into the houses?”. I’ve heard of people being stir-crazy, but this is the first time I’ve heard about “stair-crazy”. Very good showing, Tony!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 03:03 PM

Wow wow wow these are beyond amazing,fantastic work.

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 03:10 PM

I’m flabbergasted. I know about steam bending and bent lamination, but something on that scale is beyond my comprehension.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 04:20 PM

First chance you get, if you get to Santa Fe, go to Loretto Chapel to see the winding staircase, built with absolutely no metal objects of any kind. Amazing !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 04:38 PM

Those are absolutely amazing Tony, thank you for posting.


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#7 posted 09-05-2013 05:27 PM

very cool…..Great pictures.

It would be fun to work with you guys for free for a week, just for the experience.

I’m speechless for once!!

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 05:50 PM

Tony, I salute you.

Awesome stuff, really amazing.

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 06:00 PM

WOW -WOW ! Fantastic.

I agree, how do you get those out of the shop..?!!!

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 10:07 PM

Thanks everyone. The compliments are much appreciated!

Jimbo….the Loretto Chapel is on the bucket list. Ive seen a hundred pictures and read just as many articles about the stairs. I WILL get there to see them. The Nun’s are gonna have their hands full with me!

As for getting the stairs out of the shop and into the houses…..weeelllll….LOL! You’d be amazed what a couple, or 4, or 6 good strong guys can do! Sometimes electric hand winches….sometimes a construction site forklift….we’ve even used cranes before!
Some of them are just too big though and have to be built onsite. We try and avoid site builds anyway possible though.

Thanks again.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#11 posted 09-05-2013 11:16 PM


20 years plus’ experience with stairs—have you ever written a book?

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#12 posted 09-05-2013 11:55 PM

Awesome work Tony, wish I could have served as an apprentice under you…looks like you have a lot of knowledge to share.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#13 posted 09-17-2013 05:50 PM

I never get tired of seeing the staircase pictures you post.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 09-17-2013 06:00 PM

Wow! You really do some outstanding work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 09-17-2013 09:06 PM

Wowza! Some crazy bends in there! Very impressive!

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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