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Blog Category: Traditional Stairbuilding

Traditional Handcrafted Railings

Traditional Hand Crafted Railing

The traditional art of creating handcrafted volutes, landing wreaths and curved sweeping railing is inherent to the standard of craftsmanship at Bach Woodcraft.

Handrail sections and transitions are cut from solid wood and squared into blanks prior to profiling. The custom profile of choice is created via shaper, router and hand carving. The final step in fabrication involves close attention to detail sanding for a smooth flow in the feel of the rail.


Architectural wood and metal stairs

Traditional Stairbuilding

Architectural wood stairs and handrails have been handcrafted in my family since 1928, spanning three generations.  I trained under my grandfather when beginning to learn the trade in 1975.  Today, this heritage in master stair building is integral to Bach Woodcraft in a 90 year tradition of craftsmanship.

Wood to Metal

Wood Rail & Bronze Balustrade

Vintage Circular Stairbuilding

The blend of wood and metal for this balustrade is eye catching in its elegant proportion and finish.  The dark bronze patina is a perfect compliment to our stained white oak railing.  LMC Corp of Paterson NJ furnished and installed the decorative metalwork.  Bach Woodcraft custom fit oak blanks to the bronze channel in preparation of profiling the rail in our shop.  The final installation of wood railing involved field assembly of the rail joints, securing each run to the metal channel and detailing the oak to a seamless finish for stain and polished shellac.  Private Residence – Greenwich CT.

curved descending red oak wainscot panel

Woodwork with a Twist

Wood railing on metal balustrade

This curved descending red oak wainscot panel was fabricated in our shop prior to installation on an existing stair case for a client in NYC. The work incorporates multiple tangental arcs and transitions in pitch. We were handed field dimensions on a scrap of wood from the contractor and in the end it fit perfectly.