- Wood: White Oak
- Texture: Smooth
- Color: Dark
- Mantel Type Mantel Beam (more square-like)
- Size: 67 to 78 inches
Here is another great, naturally dark white oak mantel beam with original old character and history. This particular mantel has some fantastic wood grain character on the left side. This beam does have a slight twist, so please be aware of that.
The color on this beam is natural. Yes, natural. White oak has tannins in the wood that interact with ammonia in the barn creating this natural dark color that is up to 1/4inch deep. On the end photos, you can see how deep the coloring has penetrated over the course of a century or more. Gustav Stickley used an ammonia tent on his original white oak furniture to achieve this great warm color. Oddly enough, the sapwood (the layer just below the bark) does not have tannins and does not naturally darken. The upper left of this mantel has a tiny bit of sapwood remaining.
The beam was one of a dozen or so posts in the lower level milking parlor that supported the rest of the barn. As such, it has lots of nail holes and character to attest to its history. It also has a hind of white wash still remaining in the cracks. We worked our best to get most of it out, but a bit of it still gave us trouble.
This mantel beam came from an early 1900s vintage barn near Southwest Wisconsin — out in the beautiful rolling hills. It is always nice to head out to this part of the country. You still see lots of small family farms with animals still out in the pasture. It is a welcome relief from the industrial farming that we see in our parts.
We have applied one coat of hardwax oil. We’ll apply another coat of finish on this mantel beam before it ships. It will turn the gloss up just a notch, but keep a nice natural feel.
This beam is priced at $100/LF. We can cut the beam down to any length and reduce the price by $8.33 per inch, up to a maximum discount of $100. This beam ships via FedEx for our flat rate price of $65.
The tag on from an old 1940s magazine. Casite Sludge Solvent — Keeps Motors Clean. There are some great old cans and bottles that can be found on Ebay and the like.