that looked like all plasma cut. randy does some of that kind of work, but mostly its forging. he buys alot of preformed from catalogs. polished knobs and things like that. for people who arent picky. but sometimes hes doing stuff downtown or in annapolis or someplace like that and it has to be the real deal. and he does quite a bit of that. as far as woodworking goes, there isnt a big restoration movement going on in baltimore. alot of refurbishing, or just plain vinyl siding. myself and randy only like to work for people who have alot of money. mostly because they always have money. working for poor people usually sucks. and they crap when they hear how long things will take or how much it'll cost. its the old, "well, i can go to ikea and get kitchen cabinets for 1500, why would i spend 10k??" in my experience, if you have to explain that, they still wont understand. or explaining hardware differences or reveals and this and that, they just usually dont care. besides, most people who want something custom made, know they cant just walk into home depot or lowes and buy it. so thats where i come in. try buying a 16' piece of moulding from a 75' diameter from homedepot and see what you get! anyway, the hand rail curve was preformed at the shop to a rough radius. then tacked into place on the tread scrolls. then the top rail was put on using the top and bottom posts. then the scroll panels installed. all ofthe forging and scrolls were done at the shop. so basically the entire thing was built in place. my part of the job was to replace the handrail. i had to use the existing one and make it work. there was a gooseneck and something else. i hacked out the gooseneck and replaced it with a straight piece of rail and made it all match then reinstalled it. with stairs, you almost are always forced to build most of it onsite for one reason or another. right now im pricing raised panel wainscotting that runs up a flight, to a landing, then wraps, then up another flight. most of it will be built onsite. with the exception of the panels and stiles and rails, theres no real way top do it. the stiles and rails will have to get laid out, then milled, the panles made, then the entire thing final dimensioned at the site. pain in the ass!