- Wood: Ash
- Texture: Circle Sawn
- Color: Light
- Mantel Type Mantel Beam (more square-like)
- Size: 67 to 78 inches
These pictures are kind of blown out. They are significantly brighter and more orangy than reality. Anyway, here’s a simple ash beam showing off some mild saw marks, some sporadic cracking, and quite a bit of beetle activity. In the barns, powder post beetles can get pretty active over the course of 100 years. Interestingly, we find that they are active in the moist basements, but vary rarely in the hot, upper sections. If we have any doubt of current infestation, we kiln treat our beams to make sure to critters come along to visit your home.
From an original 8×8, the top of this beam was cut to remove some rot and get to solid wood. The is provides a nice flat surface for all of your pictures and knick-knacks. It also provides a more rectangular shape which some people find preferable. The top is currently a little lighter than the other 2 sides. We could tone up the top slightly to blend more closely to the other 2 sides.
This beam is from a 19-teens barn near Waconia, Minnesota. The old barn was about 2 or 3 miles from Swedish immigrant, Andrew Peterson, Farm. The Andrew Peterson farm became famous, particularly in Sweden, after the meticulous journals he kept became the basis for Vilhelm Moberg’s Emigrants book series.