As inferred in the last photos, we had a way up to the second floor that we could ALL use at last. Yes, the stairs were finally going in.
Here you see the stairs in progress. The lack of bottom steps didn't stop me from climbing on up!
Our friend from Alaska helped make a jig that put a nice profile on each tread. When I find a photo of the profile (if I find one) I will try to post it.
We were inspired to change from the usual stair treads by a visit to a local old mill. The industrial stair treads there were shiny coated, substantial pieces of timber and got us to thinking differently. In the end, it is a style that really goes with the house.