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Stair Building

Presented By: Mike Kennedy

Whether you are looking for an introduction to stair building, or a few masterful tricks on installing curved volutes, Mike Kennedy is your guy. From layout and rough framing to handrail and baluster installation, Mike has something for everyone. Access to this session comes just once a year—don’t miss this golden opportunity to hang out with a master stair builder.

When you attend this clinic, you will:

  • Discuss handrail options and types such as post to post vs. over the post, codes, and installation techniques. 
  • Know the different types of balustrades, how they affect overall stair design, handrail placement, and building codes. 
  • Review basics of measurement, design and building rough stairs. 
  • Discuss tips to make a stair more elegant.  



10:00 am – 11:00 am
Site Measurement and Design of Site Built Stairs

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What You Should Know About Stair Codes for Basic Site Built Stairs

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 Stair Trimming Techniques

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 Design and Layout of Balusters and Handrails for Basic Site Built Stairs


10:00 am – 11:00 am
Review of Stair Codes, Design, and Techniques

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
Advanced Stair Design for Curved and Winder Stairs

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 Design of Handrails and Balustrades for Curved and Winder Stairs

Mike Kennedy of Mike Kennedy specializes in hand-carved tangent handrailing and custom stairs. His work can be found in some of the finest homes in New England. When not building fine stairs or carving handrail Mike enjoys building guitars, creating art and music, gardening, horseback riding, hunting, and just running around in the forest. Mike lives in Foster, Rhode Island with his wife and various animal friends.

About Mike Kennedy
About Mike Kennedy