Detailed construction timber

Figure 6.1b The ultimate in timber elaboration. The main stairs at the Gamble House, Pasadena (balustrade modelled on the 'lifting cloud' motif of Japan), 1908, Architects: Henry and Charles Greene

The intention is to look at constructional ideas rather than the 'hands on' approach inherited from the nineteenth century where every method of setting out raking treads or wreathing to handrails is portrayed.1 There are many excellent carpenters' manuals that provide this backup today, reinforced by computer-aided design (CAD) packages used by designers and manufacturers. Figures 6.1 a-d are intended as a reminder of the tactile quality associated with timber stairs: an explanation is given in Section 6.7 for the selection made.

Figure 6.1b The ultimate in timber elaboration. The main stairs at the Gamble House, Pasadena (balustrade modelled on the 'lifting cloud' motif of Japan), 1908, Architects: Henry and Charles Greene

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