As far as we call tell, we were one of the, if not the, first companies to work hand-forged fireplace mantel straps onto reclaimed beams back in 2009. Since then, we seem to see several other companies following our lead.
Our friend Steve Howell at Ballard Forge originally created some great Greene and Greene style straps to join a pair of old 6×6 beams together. Since then, we’ve seen several other companies follow our footsteps. We continue to craft more straps and create new designs with Steve at Ballard Forge as well as Wyatt Bienfang at WLB Blacksmith Shop. We’d also like to give a shout out to Doug Lockhart in Ohio.
All of these metal straps are hand hammered and custom fit to each mantel. We usually use 3/16ths inch metal to give the straps an appropriate bulk for the size of the mantel. Our straps have a well-crafted, but very authentic look that only comes from a real blacksmith swinging a hammer. We strive for our products to look true and real — not machined. This look wonderfully complements these old beams with the 100+ year old ax marks made from pioneers swinging an broad axes. This is the real thing.
Metal Straps and Other Ideas
In the photographs, you’ll see single straps and double straps; forged rings and twisted rods. The blacksmiths we work with are exceptionally talented and have a stream of ideas a mile long. Give them some room to create and they step up to the call. If you have some ideas that you want to see realized on your mantel, send us email or give us a call. We are happy to help.
Crafting a Mantel with Metal
Note, because everyone needs a different size mantel and the blacksmith work is relatively expensive, we almost always create ironwork mantels custom to the individual. While we may experiment from time to time with new ideas, it is pretty rare for us to have pre-made iron-strapped mantels on hand. Please contact us ideas and dimensions. Our turn our time is usually within 1-3 weeks for metalwork.