S A SPOONER~ Staircases


Grade 1 Queen Anne Geometrical Staircase 

Current project , to make and carve a copy of a Queen Ann staircase dated 1704 in English Oak made to reinstate front of house that was removed in the 70s. 

The house has a grade 1 listing and the staircase replacement commission was to please the planners in order to redevelop the remaining property.     

Above and below are 3 D moving images, move your mouse over pic and left click

Some of the making 

An original bracket dated 1704 being copied to make a control sample for the Architect to show the client.  

Stephen carving curved tread brackets  

Top case coming outer string together 

 Apron landing carving  

 Day two on site, More photos to follow 

Still with site conditions but now with first coat of polish.

The treads and risers are cased with plywood for protection purposes until all other trades have finished. 

William & Mary staircase and panelling  

An English Oak staircase complete with Oak panelling with turned and arched carved balustrade.    

A Pair of English Oak Staircases. 

A pair of staircases designed and made for a house dated 1440 located in Sussex. The Joinery and complete project was worked on how the craftsmen of yester-year would of tackled the job. The Oak sections needed to be of a large size in order to be considerate to the scale and the building.

Even though the Oak was air dried stock , it still contained a higher moisture content than would normally be supplied for internal joinery.

Single large sections would only be suitable as gluing smaller sections together gives a completely different look to a project which is unsuitable and not traditional, small details make a big difference, especially when carved or mouldings come into play and the end grain glows after the chisel has finished with it. 

 An English Oak cut-string staircase and spandrel cupboard panels.

A English Oak cut-string staircase with wreath handrails and square section spindles. Picture 2 shows a " Rod" A full size drawing of the staircase that is being made detailing the carved handrail in drawn form.   

 "Lutyens" style staircase 

A Staircase made in English Oak in the "Lutyens" style, The spindles are class as Square Turning and are all hand worked,

 picture 3 shows the 5 number raked spindles that are used on the rise of the staircase, the remaining were used on the gallery landings.

Also a close up of the 40 Tudor roses that were carved for the project .

A Staircase Remodel 

The main staircase was made by "others" and the case originally had a metal spindles as a newel post but gain movement with use, also the handrail scroll was machine C N C made and it looked it ! The work involved turning a new post which also hides the metal studding used to make the whole post rigid, the studding nut is used to lock the scroll down and is hidden by the glass ball. The old scroll was cut off the staircase while clients were away, in order to give us a true section to match to while carving. Polished to match on site.

Oak Newel post & Barley twists 


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