Stairway Builder, 26, Sweeps Four National Wood Stairs Awards

By Bill Esler | Posted: 04/26/2014 9:32AM


click image to zoomNK-Woodworking-Unique-StaircaseNK Woodworking won the Staircase Manufacturers Association Most Unusual Staircase award for this project with solid Sapele stringers, and white oak treads, with a continuous hand carved one piece inner handrail. SEATTLE - NK Woodworking owner Nathie Katzoff set a record - winning four of the five awards at the 2014 Stairways Manufacturers’ Association national convention in Orlando earlier this month.

Katzoff won for Most Unique Staircase, Best Straight Staircase, Best Balustrade, and Best Stair Part. The win is also striking because Katzoff is among the youngest members of the Stairway Manufacturers Association. "It's a very supportive group, but everyone's easily twice my age," the 26 year old told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Katzoff, whose four-man operation also restores boats, and does residential woodwork, says many stairway builders assemble projects from manufactured wood components.

Working in maple, walnut and sapele, "We actually get logs and mill them up," Katzoff told the newspaper, which says his stair projects run between $45,000 and $100,000. Also listed as a 2014 Best of Houzz business, NK Woodworking does work in live edge wood, as well as unusual projects such as a wood bathtub. 

In the video below Nathie Katzoff shows off a staircase with curved Sapele stringers and white oak treads.


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