The garden is a place
for enjoyment and relaxation. It may be designed as an extension of
the house, with decks and patios, or as a beautiful retreat to escape
the turmoil of modern living. A place for energy or just quiet reflection.
Whatever your choice of garden layout, most designs benefit from
some form of structural division like a fence, screen, trellis or
Using timber for
the structures will ensure that they always blend with their surroundings.
Adding individual details like well chosen finials will transform an
otherwise plain structure.
Finials are one of the earliest forms of architectural ornamentation
and are an easy and economical way of adding the details you need.
Finials can also provide a focal point on
garden buildings like pergolas and conservatories. They are normally
used at the apex of a roof to draw the eye, but they can also be used
to great effect as "drops" to emphasize the shape of an arch.
We design and make finials, cappings and
turned posts to enhance garden structures. Catering for all tastes we
have designs to suit modern as well as traditional settings. These designs
can be altered to suit your requirements, or we can produce work to
customers own designs. In fact, some of the designs shown here were
developed in conjunction with broadcaster, writer and garden architect
Bunny Guinness and used in her books and television programmes.
All our finials are hand turned which enables the finished product
to retain that all important crisp detail which is missing on mass
Prices depend upon size, timber and quality. Please
contact us for a quote. Trade enquires welcome.
We use good quality softwood which is pressure
treated after turning. If you prefer the timber to weather, or if
you need to match existing structures, ash or oak can be used.
Most customers choose a finial diameter to match the post it will
be fitted to. The sizes below are those normally requested. Other
sizes can be made
3.5 - 6
4.5 - 7
5.5 - 9
6.75 - 11.5
On square posts, the finials usually fit on top
of standard capping plates. On round posts the finials can be made
the next size up to provide an overlap. Alternatively, round capping
plates could be made at the same time as the finials.
Fixing the finials is simple. I leave a 1" (25mm) diameter
peg on the base, which drops into a hole drilled through the cap
and post top (3/4" is used on 3" finials).
If drilling the post presents a problem, then double-ended woodscrews
can be used.
Tall finials are ideal for special situations.
They can be used either side of a gateway or arch, or on top of
They can be modest or spectacular !
Here are three additional designs.
Lance and Ball
Lance and Ball
Finials can be used in many indoor situations.
Here are a few examples:
On staircases as newel caps and drops, on curtain poles,
cabinets and clocks.