A functional and artistic design challenge creates the perfect accent to the entrance of this Oceanside home.
Though I ordinarily stay away from railings and larger architectural work, I accepted this design challenge from a friend. The small hand railing takes its inspiration from elements and symbols of the various geographic locations that make up the story of the clients. The tulip to symbolize the Netherlands, the scrolls reflecting the young silver fern of New Zealand, and the trees and waves of the west coast of Canada.
The project was originally planned to be joined with traditional mortise and riveted tenons, but was welded with the newly restored Smith-Roles Comet to keep it closer to budget. Heavy and sturdy, this functional railing makes a lasting and personal statement to all who pass by the entrance of the home.
Material: Reclaimed steel scrap bar
This piece is in a private collection in Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island