Hey all--been gone a long time, thanks to craziness at work.
Also thanks to craziness at work, I've been forced to admit that I do not
have the time to do a project that really needs doing. I'd love to hone my
skills and do the work myself, but the wife's keen to have it done soon--
like by spring, and if it's up to me, it would be more like 2 years or
So I need to hire a woodworker.
Where I am: Silver Spring, MD--this is right on the border with Washington
What I need: New (ostensibly custom) stairway railing, bottom step/landing,
spindles and newel post--making and installing. There might be a little trim
work involved too, but nothing major. The railing and newel post are the
real corkers. We have some ideas for what they should look like, but are
open to suggestions in the craftsman/F.L. Wright/mission styles. As
currently envisioned, the newel post will practically be furniture--frame
Anybody know someone reliable who can build/install this stuff? I'll be
doing some phone book searches too, but it can't hurt to start with a
recommendation. If anyone needs to discuss this off-list, I'm at bikeboy
(at) mindspring (dot) com.