Fit for a Princess

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<< Blog; 5th April 2019 >>

Fit for a princess? It's probably not apparent from these rather cluttered photos but this property is a stud farm belonging to a Saudi princess. Hopefully, in a few weeks it will be fully decorated and I will post some fresh pictures showing the balustrades in all their glory.

They were built to fit a cantilevered elliptical staircase carved from solid marble and this involved a fair amount of planning and preparation ... to say the least! Especially since the brief called for no straight lines whatsoever and minimal visible fixings. Elliptical staircases are always a challenge because the radius of curvature changes dramatically and it's nigh on impossible to build a flowing design such as this from measurements alone. Instead, I had to make a very accurate replica of the critical sections of the staircase back at the workshop and shape the panels to fit. As they say, prior planning and preparation prevents poor performance (though some people have been known to add another "p"!). A good understanding of maths and 3D geometry also helps.

I actively seek out challenging projects such as this. No two are the same, which keeps me on my toes, and they always teach me something new. Perhaps the biggest lesson this work taught me was I really REALLY need a bigger workshop. Keep watching this space!

The naturalistic curves of the railings complement the flow of the elliptical marble stairs