A finial is a feature that accents the top or end of an object usually for decorative purposes.
Wood finials are found on many types of furniture, architectural elements, lamps, flag poles, banners, curtain rods and anything that needs to be decorated beyond the normal body of the piece. Finials are typically a different size and shape than the rest of the object. They are attached and made separately to accommodate the unique style and cost effective nature of that separate type of machining. Imagine a turned or carved wood finial atop a square newel post, furniture piece or turned ball finials atop a molded dowel shaft of a flag pole or banner rod. Finials are also used on top of a lamp as an accent piece, as well as, to hold the lamp shade in place. Finials help create interest to what may be considered an ordinary item. Wood finials can also be a less expensive option when compared to certain metals and wood parts can typically be turned in to almost any design which is not always the case with other materials.
Finials are attached to the main body of the part in numerous ways such as with dowels screws, threaded inserts, tenons or endbores that are glued in place. Since they are separate from the rest of the part, they are a nice way to add accent in form and function.
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