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Vertical support for a handrail, collectively called a balustrade. Balusters are tenoned or nailed at their top into the handrail and at their bottom into the String or Treads. Balusters may be: turned on a lathe, moulded, retaining the rectangular section of the timber, flat, made from a plank, shaped to imitate turning and often pierced; this form is sometimes called a splat baluster

see also String, Tread

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