Exterior Stair Rail

Here's a simple, elegant custom exterior stair rail we recently created.

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The first step was to create the helix-shaped lateral returns. This is the part of the rail that transitions from the handrail into the newel post. You can see Kyle giving a final tweak to the helix below.

Forging lateral return for an exterior railing PH2017

Once the pickets are created, they're welded into the frame. Because this design does not have a subrail and the pickets terminate directly into the steps, we tack welded bars to the bottom to hold the rail together until we installed it.

Forging bronze finial PH2017

Here we're forging bronze finials for the newel post. Below you can see finished photos of the railing installed in the marble steps, as well as a detail shot of the bronze finial and the helix lateral return.