The 100-ft. railings on our front porches have been looking a little snaggle-toothed lately, with a baluster missing here and there. The hand-turned pieces aren’t easy to replace, so we had to search around, and fortunately we found Maik Fayad, an accomplished wood turner based in Hickory, NC.

Here’s a look at one of the railings – which has propped up many feet and more than a few little girls over the past century – our fresh new balusters nestled in their box (with an original sample), and a view inside Mr. Fayad’s shop, courtesy of our friend Philip Buchanan, who will install the new woodwork.