Terms of the Trade: What Is a Baluster? Terms of the Trade: What Is a Baluster?

A baluster is a decorative piece of wood or stone used in staircases or railings. Sometimes they are also referred to as a stair stick or spindle. To make them, they're usually formed from a square or rectangular plank and cut with a lathe to achieve symmetry. Balusters are typically seen in a series with equal spacing between each piece.

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