The Cross House
In a previous post I detailed how I recreated the original expansive size of the main stair in the Cross House. In order to finish the work I need to order 16 new oak spindles (at $55 each).
There is one problem.
See the spindles above?
See the sphere in the middle of each?
See how the spheres have a carved, ah, swirl?
That swirl is the problem. I can find a lot of people to turn new oak spindles. But nobody can do the carved swirl.
I can have the swirls hand-carved. At vast scary expense. Which I am not going to do.
So, I had two thoughts:
1) The 16 new spindles will not have carved swirls, and these 16 spindles will simply reflect the passage of time/alterations to the Cross House over its long history. When I give tours of the house, it will be fun to point out the 16 “naked” spheres and see people go: “Oh!”
2) I could hand-paint swirls on each sphere. I suspect nobody will ever notice, and I could still have some fun bringing this oddity to people’s attention.
I lean toward #1.
What do you think?
Oh! If you know of anybody who CAN do the swirls (at moderate cost) please let me know. You will be the official Hero Of The Great Stair, and I will have a brass plaque installed stating as such.