following pages in stair-building and handrailing are taken from
the actual working drawings of practical handrailers and
stair-builders. The first division is, in a great measure, the
work of George Langstaff, New England, and is considered by
expert workmen to be one of the best treatises of the kind, with
regard to the stairs dealt with.
Of course there are only eleven
kinds of stairs, but they are so arranged that any person
mastering to the full extent these eleven would find no
insurmountable difficulty in dealing with stairs of other kinds.
must be remembered that the reader of this book is supposed to
have a considerable knowledge regarding the various methods of
building the stair proper in all its different forms, for
without this knowledge it will be impossible to understand the
method of laying out and constructing a rail, even for a
straight stair having a ramp at the newel post.
That is the
publishers' reason for including a valuable treatise on that
subject, which teaches, in a very simple manner, the proper way
to lay out the carcass of a stair, and all new beginners who
have not obtained a fair knowledge on the subject will
appreciate this addition, which, in
conjunction with this work, will fully equip any young man with
all the information he will ever likely require regarding the
art of stair-building and handrailing.
greater portion of the first division was published in "The
Builder and Woodworker" many years ago, and afterwards, in a
very much amended form, in "The National Builder," and is now in
book form for the first time.
second division which contains some excellent examples is the
work of several contributors, who worked under a like system.
The methods of obtaining the wreaths and twists are worth
studying, as they show how these can be lined out with the
greatest of ease when the subject is understood. This method is
nearly complete in itself.
third division is perhaps the most complete of the three, as
about any kind of a rail can be obtained by the use of this
system. While not exactly like the system of the late Robert
Riddell, it approaches it so nearly that ordinary workmen would
scarcely know the difference, but there is a difference, and Mr.
Wilson, who has helped to work this system out, deserves much
credit for simplifying the whole scheme.
FRED T. HODGSON