Yea the stairs are the highlight of the whole space. They go from the second floor gallery to a small 3 rd floor cupalo seating area. The stairs span over an open area formed by two gallerys on the second floor all the way down to the first. It does not touch the sides only the top and bottom and has 12 steps total. The left hand stringer if full 2" by 12" heart pine with the stairs mortised though and wedged. The right side is the best part, each step supports the one above and below throught the balusters that run thought the step and are held in place with pins under an applied end cap. These also are pinned into a heart handrail which was handmade with a 2" arch/bow to help pass the load to all the other steps and not compress or sag. The affect is breath taking, literaly you hold your breath while you go up them and looking down 30'
. They have been doing fine for 11 years now without any trouble. The panels that surround the lower part are 2 bookmatched boards with one in the center and the other split in half and glued on the edges so you see the center grain only once and it looks like one huge board
, it also helps that they were 15" wide each to start with. This home is full of cypress paneling and the owner had his son and freinds hand rub the tung oil finish
for summer work in collage, I just glad it was not me
The floors are new pine but they hand a "magic finish" that involes acid, a blow torch, and lots of labor, But well worth the effort. I think this home is some of my best woodworking to date and it was back in 1994-96. Just don't get a homeowner who says how do you think it should look, sounds good too me do it, and here your check.