Premier Series™ Greek Doric Wood Columns

Greek Doric Columns

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Presenting our Greek Doric Wood Columns

The absence of a base and a simply versatile form are the defining characteristics of the Greek Doric Column. In terms of traditional architectural proportions, the Greek Doric Column also features a height of five and one-half shaft diameters. The oldest of Greek columns, the Doric is found in many ancient Mediterranean structures, perhaps the most famous being the Greek Parthenon.

Today, the Greek Doric is an excellent addition to building exteriors and interiors. Features such as traditional fluting add texture and detail to this column. We are glad to provide this column with and without tapering for an ideal appearance.

The distinguishing characteristic of the Greek Doric Order is the absence of a base and the height of the wood column in relationship to its diameter. When used in true architectural proportions, the height of the column, including capital and base, is five and one-half diameters.

Greek Doric wood columns in antiquity are found on the Parthenon in Athens. The Greek Doric Wood Column may be ordered specifying Vignola's architecturally correct dimensions, or in custom combinations of height and diameter. If in search of a simpler version, these columns are also available unfluted or non-tapered.

Greek Doric Intercolumniation

Greek Doric Columns are available in fluted or unfluted versions. They may be ordered in Vignola's architectural proportions or in custom combinations of column lengths and widths as well as in non-tapered cylinders. Square architectural columns and pilasters to match detail of round tapered columns are available.

Greek Doric Tapered Shaft Fluting Specs Greek Doric Cap
Outside Dia. Inside Dia. No. Width Notch Ring Detail Round Total Abacus Total
Bottom Top Bottom Top A B No. C D C-D E F C-E
6"5"2-1/4"2"2015/16"1/16"7/16"39/16"1-1/8"1-11/16"1"7-3/8"2-11/16"
8"6-1/2"4-1/4"3-1/2"201-1/4"1/16"13/16"39/16"1-1/4"1-13/16"1-1/2"9-1/4"3-5/16"
10"8-1/4"6-3/8"5-1/4"201-9/16"1/16"1-3/16"39/16"1-1/2"2-1/16"1-7/8"11-5/8"3-15/16"
12"9-3/4"7-7/8"6-3/4"201-7/8"1/8"1-1/4"43/4"1-7/8"2-5/8"2-1/4"13-3/4"4-7/8"
14"11-1/4"10-1/8"8-1/4"202-3/16"1/8"1-5/8"43/4"2-1/8"2-7/8"2-5/8"16"5-1/2"
16"12-3/4"11-1/16"9-3/4"202-1/2"1/8"1-7/8"43/4"2-3/8"3-1/8"2-7/8"18-1/8"6"
18"14-1/2"12"11-1/2"202-13/16"1/8"2-1/4"43/4"2-3/4"3-1/2"3-1/4"20-1/2"6-3/4"
20"16"14-1/4"13"203-1/8"3/16"2-5/8"43/4"3"3-3/4"3-5/8"22-5/8"7-3/8"
22"18"16-1/4"15"203-7/16"3/16"2-5/8"51"3-1/4"4-1/4"4"25-1/4"8-1/4"
24"19-1/2"18-1/4"16-1/2"203-3/4"3/16"3"51"3-1/2"4-1/2"4-3/8"27-1/8"8-7/8"

Column Order Superposition

The view of Renaissance authority Scamozzi was that the lower diameter of a top column should equal the upper diameter of the column underneath. The superior order should always be placed over the inferior, that is Corinthian over Ionic, Doric, Tuscan. The more slender and elegant orders should be placed over the stockier and more solidly built if a top-heavy design is not desired. An ancient example of this descending order is the Colosseum in Rome, which has at least four stories of superpositioned orders.

Premier Wood Column Plan Types

Premier Wood Columns are as unique as the different types of installations that are available. We offer our Premier Wood Columns in a wide variety of "Plan Types". These "Plan Types" are the style and type of shaft, capital, and base you will receive. If you are using them as half columns against a wall, you would want to select an "D" plan type. This would give you a column that could be installed against a wall. These are the most common plan types, however, we can do custom plan types if your project requires it.



Calculated Safe-Load Capacities

The sample columns tested supported loads at least four times the calculated value above prior to failure. The load was applied concentrically through the axis of the column. Loads shown are valid only if there is uniform contact between the full area of column ends and the cap & base units. Loads are provided for your convenience only and are not exact values. Consult a structural engineer for the most accurate load estimates.

Safe-Load Capacities
Shaft Dia. Pine Redwood Shaft Dia. Pine Redwood
6"2,5675,14622"18,42624,212
8"4,1147,64624"20,01826,272
10"5,49710,47426"22,25236,870
12"6,62012,53528"24,00139,519
14"11,01715,28230"25,74642,169
16"12,30717,34332"42,08055,317
18"14,48719,40434"44,56757,476
20"16,68822,15136"47,05461,794

Stave Thickness

Stave Thickness
Shaft Dia. Unfluted Fluted Shaft Dia. Unfluted Fluted
6"1-1/2"1-1/2"22"2"3"
8"1-1/2"1-1/2"24"2"3"
10"1-1/2"2"26"2"3"
12"1-1/2"2"28"2"3"
14"2"2"30"2"3"
16"2"2"32"3"3-1/2"
18"2"2"34"3"3-1/2"
20"2"2"36"3"3-1/2"

Column Splitting

Using a precision splitting template machine, columns can be divided in halves to be used as pilasters or to be reassembled around existing structural members. Columns designed for reassembly come with realignment splines and installation instructions.

Available Materials

Stain grade columns are designed to let the natural beauty of the wood shine through. The most attractive wood is used, so when the column is stained, it looks outstanding. They are perfect for interior applications.

Finishing Options

Wood Finish - Stain Grade
Stain grade columns are designed to let the natural beauty of the wood shine through. The most attractive wood is used, so when the column is stained, it looks outstanding. They are perfect for interior applications.

Wood Finish - Paint Grade
Paint grade columns are an excellent choice for exterior enhancements. Paint grade wood columns are unfinished. It is important to note that for the best results, these columns should be primed and painted.

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