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NatureRails Artistic Railing
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • United States
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Tell us about yourself:
Lived in a log home for about 8 years now, one that we built from the ground up. The building process, and being our own general contractors on the construction project was a very rewarding, although challenging, experience.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Yes, since 2001
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?

How did we become NatureRails?

During the challenging experience of building our own log home, my husband, a fine artist and graphic designer, decided he didnt want "15,000 spindles showing up for the railing all over the house". He suggested that he design a railing that is images of the wild life & scenery we love here in Colorado. He scanned the software file with a 4" circle to ensure that we passed the strict inspections we endured here in El Paso county...which is standard for most of the US and Canada. There is only one state that I know of, Montana, that does NOT require this 4" standard for railing.

To adhere to the railing code standard, Rob filled the piece in with small animals at the bottom, as well as grasses. Near the top he used indigenous tree's and evergreens, with silhouettes of deer, bear and cougar.

We contracted out with a metal plasma cutter who found steel and cut the piece out for us. To finish the product, we had it powder coated.

Not fully understanding the concept of the product my husband had in mind, I just about fell over when I saw the final product. It literally blew me away with it's awesome beauty and uniqueness. Without knowing it at the time, that was the day that NatureRails was born.

Today our process here at NatureRails has not changed much other than we use a water jet to cut the designs. Water jet provides the finest detail. The designs by Rob Gerdin just keep getting better! He is one of the finest metal artwork designer in the business. I've seen him create many a beautiful piece, sometimes under rather difficult design requirements. He had this job out of Alaska that depicted harpoon whaling natives in their skin boats on the ocean, that also had to meet 4" code. It was amazing how he created 4" code with this scene, waves and icebergs in the background.

What can NatureRails design for you? What do you want in your artwork? Visit for the latest pictures, designs and more information.

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BUGS and Log Homes


We live in Colorado, which doesnt really have that many bugs....however since moving into our log home in 2001, it seems we are constantly battling bark beetles, bed bugs (which we think came from a piece of antique furniture we purchased) beetles and just in general many bugs in the home. I do not remember having this many bugs in a stick built home while living in the same area.

I am very concerned about toxin's in the home and hesitate to spray with chemicals, at least in… Continue

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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