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large carved wood newel with leaf design
large newel with leaf design
large wood baluster with carved leaf design
large baluster with leaf design
carved wood newel with leaf design
newel with leaf design
large wood newel carved with grape design
large newel carved with grape design
large wood baluster with carved grape design
large baluster with grape design
newel top finials
newel top finials

Grand Staircase, Bishop’s Palace, Galveston, Texas
Grand Staircase, Bishop’s Palace, Galveston, Texas

Balusters and Newels as Historical Staircase Embellishments

Looking at the staircase you’re delightfully taking it all in: the stately carved wood newels, the graceful curves of the railing and wood balusters in harmonious and perfect repetition. For centuries staircase balustrade has been the most ornamental and finely crafted built-in furniture in the home serving as a focal point of the home entry.

The main balustrade elements are newel posts and balusters. Usually balusters and newels are sold separately from other staircase parts. On our website we offer sets of hand-carved wood newel posts and wood balusters. Wood newels paired-up with wood balusters by design and by size. Carved finely with fluted columns, scrolled leaf or grapevine design each of our wooden balusters and newels are showcase of quality and craftsmanship. Finely sanded newels and balusters carved from premium selected hardwoods: hard maple, cherry and white oak. Hardwood used for manufacturing our wood staircase parts is perfect for stain, but if you desire to paint your staircase you can do so and have a beautiful result.

Replacing your old staircase parts with new hand-carved wood newels and wooden balusters can bring a dramatic change to your staircase and have a grate impact on the space. Staircase begins with newel post. Often several newel posts are used on the turning points of the staircase. Newels are the primary stylistic elements of the staircase. We are offering a high quality solid hardwood newels. Our newels are milled and turned for a beautiful slender decorative profile. All newels have square finely sanded ends, turned and carved with deep flutes mid section featuring distinctive hand-carved design on the lower part, and an ornamental top.

carved wood balusters and newels

The ornamental top of the newel post commonly called newel finial. If you wish give a little face lift to your staircase an addition of decorative newel finial is the way to go. Wood finials for newel posts can be purchase on our website separately from other staircase parts.


An overall design of the staircase has changed over the years. Humble staircases in the modest Colonial homes were hidden behind a door or wall. Back than staircase was steep and compact. Staircases were placed in unobtrusive locations. The fine balusters and newels, along with decorative stair brackets and other applied trim work became typical of late-period designs.

Builders of the Late Colonial and Georgian homes brought the staircase out in the main entry way. The prominent position of the staircase naturally led to more embellished ornamentation and a grater architectural significance for the staircase.

Staircase railing parts are commonly known as balustrade. Balustrade includes newels, railing and balusters. Newel posts are the primary support for railing. The balusters provide a secondary support for railing as well as creating a barrier. From a construction point of view balusters and railings are related to the point that the baluster's top must fit into the hole or groove inside of railing.

Most of the staircase railings are made from solid wood. Staircase railings are categorized on over-the-post or post-to-post.

Over-the-post railing runs over the tops of the newels and balusters. The post-to-post railing adds a butt onto the sides of the newel posts creating a rhythmic dynamics of the staircase line. The difference in balustrade arrangement is primarily driven by aesthetics. With post-to-post balustrade arrangement, where railing ends to meet newels, results are usually more dramatic and more decorative options are available.

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Staircase design options in post-to-post arrangement include curved or mitered wall returns, carved decorative blocks or wood rosettes that receive railing at the wall, and a newel post has to be installed flush to the wall.

Installing Balusters and Newels

In addition to functionality, newels and balusters together provide vivid architectural definition to a staircase. Aside from replacing individual balusters or newels, installing balustrade stair parts is not a job for amateurs. Installing wood balusters is fairly straight forward but does require careful cutting and measuring. Carved balusters with square-top styles are nailed to a railing groove. Our wood balusters have square bottom ends. These types of balusters are attached to the treads or to low curb with nails or by means of a dowel that fits into a hole in the tread. Our balusters designed with elongated top ends that you can cut to match the slope of the railing.

dining room with balustrade featuring hand-carved balusters and newels with leaf motif
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spiral staircase

spiral staircase
You've probably already discovered that an elegant curving spiral staircase brings charm and style to a room in addition to providing access to a second floor with a minimum of space required. With relatively little effort, your spiral staircase can benefit from customization, making it an even more appealing part of your home. In particular, the addition of high-quality balusters and newel post accents upgrades the look and feel of an ordinary spiral staircase and transforms the room in which the staircase resides into an... read more on spiral staircase >>

parts for staircase

parts for staircase
Staircase not only offer a practical way to get between your home's different floors but also are an integral design element within the home - truly a focal point for the home that is what picking out the right staircase parts is important. Whether a grand front staircase or a back hall stair, the design should always work into the architectural theme of the home with all of the parts of the staircase. There are as many styles of staircase parts as there are home styles, so your home design will determine your staircase design.. read on parts for staircase >>

staircase parts

staircase design: balusters and newel posts
Staircase embellishments like balusters and newels help to refine an existing staircase and can even transform it into a showpiece element of the home's decor. Understanding these architectural stair parts and how they fit into the design of a staircase is the first step. In actuality, there are a number of methods by which homeowners can enhance the drama and beauty of their home's staircase, turning it into an element that complements the existing decor or even transforming the lowly staircase into a showpiece that becomes the focal point for the room... read more on balusters and newels >>