The acanthus leaf panels have been stained, varnished and installed. They turned out very nice indeed, although I had nothing to do with this part of the job. The client invited me over to take some photos of the completed work, and so on Sunday afternoon Kathleen and I took the quick drive out to Silver Ridge Estates.
The client told me the story of how challenging it was to get the guy responsible for all the stained and varnished wood in his place to be brave enough to do this job, but I think he did quite well.
This is the angled panel going up the staircase.
And here are a few panels from the bottom edge of the balcony.
And the full finial.
And the half finial.
And I’ve saved the best for last – a full panorama shot of the entryway taken from the first platform of the staircase.
You can see from the panorama shot that the house isn’t finished yet. There are many oak panels to go all around the room. The circles in the middle of some of the walls are for sconce lights. The front doors of the main entrance are barely visible to the right of the image. They will need a large carving over them, but the final design drawings are yet to be completed. The double doors in the lower middle might still have a carving to go over them too, but I haven’t heard the final word yet. As you can tell, this room is intended to make a pretty large statement as you walk through the main entrance.
It has been a very great pleasure to work on this job with this client. He has incredibly high expectations, and there are very few contractors who have been able to meet his standards, but when they do meet them he is very supportive. I feel a deep sense of pride that he has let me be part of his vision for his estate.