We were commissioned by Sturminster Newton Council to design a contemporary staircase for the recently built community building. The brief required us to use the local area for inspiration and also to showcase our traditional blacksmithing skills. A design was agreed upon that took the local River Stour as its starting point. The interesting elliptical sweep of the stairs lent itself to a flowing design that sweeps down and around the stairs, and with the river in mind, the supports for the rail were Bull Rushes and Lilies. As the balustrade was inside it could be left virtually in its raw state and finished with various waxes which would age and patinate over time and usage.