Remember how we replaced the old wooden staircase with a pretty rough looking staircase Pekka found, had sand blown, painted and installed? For nearly two years it has been waiting for the finishing touches, including such minor details such as wall attachments in both ends and in the middle to make it less shaky, and a decorative leather wrap around the hand rail.
|Insufficiently supported staircase|
A few weeks ago when summer vacation started, it was back to the work place for Pekka, when he kicked off making of those missing parts. First, some metal work with a lathe...
|Lathe at work|
...then continuing by plasma cutting, welding, grinding, sanding and yes, finally painting.
|Not the expected outcome|
|Ready for welding|
Then, with the borrowed welding equipment (Thank you Stenkka!) he was good to go...
|Master welder at work|
After experiencing all the trouble in the lower end of the staircase, the upper end was a school book example. Indeed, 20 minutes later, Pekka was done. In addition to the ends, he added four more attachments in different parts of the staircase. No more shaking, no more funny noises. Perfect.
|Upper end completed|
For the decoration of the hand rail we considered several options. Finally, the decision was done to use a string of cognac coloured leather inspired by the stand of the Senaattori light designed by Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno.
|Senaattori light by Lisa Johansson-Pape|
|Piece of leather on a cutting table|
|Master cutter at work|
|Pile of leather strings ready for staining|
|Choise to be made|
So, as soon as we have decided which staining to choose and how to connect the pieces of leather strings together, the story will continue...