- Wood: Pine
- Texture: Hand Hewn
- Color: Medium
- Size: 91 inches and over
- Mantel Type Mantel Beam (more square-like)
— SOLD to Dave and Deb from Iowa–
— January 26, 2017–
If you are looking for a longer, lightweight handhewn mantel, this one might just be the ticket. It is over 9 feet as-is, or just over 8 feet if we cut the mortise pocket off. By cutting off the mortise pocket, the mantel face would be free of any mortise pocket. This mantel is just a beautifully hand hewn pine mantel. The old ax marks are clean and clear, but not overly loud. On the top of the mantel. there is a mortise pocket that has been nicely filled. It is pretty neat, you can even see the old scribe marks indicating where the pocket should be made. They used to drill several holes with a big auger, then chisel around to square them off. Lot of old hand work in each of those. Finally, there’s a significant notch and fill on the bottom side as well.
NOTE: The pictures were taken in full sun. I think the orange tones look exceptionally bright in the pictures. There is a couple of pictures where the left end of the mantel beam is in a shadow. I think that look is more accurate.
The original beam came from an old barn in Southwest Wisconsin. It probably dated back to the late 1800s. We purchased this wood from an Amish gentleman who lives out in the rolling hills of the area. That area is still dotted with small farms where the cows and other livestock are out in the corrals. It’s not like the modern farms that we see by our place in Minnesota with hundreds of cows stuffed in a tin building. It is great to see agriculture the way that I remember it as a kid.
Note, this is 100% natural color. There is a finish coat of a hardwax oil, but there is not any stain applied.
This mantel is 112 inches long and is priced at $115/LF. There’s also a couple of big dings on the top, so we’ve discounted the beam by $100. There is a pretty nice cut point at 97 inches to avoid the mortise pocket on the front face. That would bring the price down to $830. We are happy to cut this down to any length and reduce the price by $9.58 per inch, up to an additional $125 discount on this one.
The Tag – A late 1940s vintage ad for Jud Whiteheads water heaters. From the little Googling that I did, there seems to be very little out there about Whiteheads water heaters. One example of the many things that history forgets.