- Wood: Red Oak
- Texture: Circle Sawn
- Color: Dark, Medium
- Mantel Type Mantel Shelf (more rectangular)
- Size: 67 to 78 inches
–SOLD to ERIN in California. 12/14/2016–
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This barn beam mantel is full of character. It has 2 original mortise pockets with original pegs running from top to bottom. The top was slightly rotten on this one, so we cut the 8×8 down to a 6×8. This one is Red Oak rather than the White Oak that we frequently use. It turns out that white oak has much tighter grains and has far better rot resistance than red oak. We’re always a little gun-shy about red oak because we don’t know what we will run into. Sometimes we just have to pitch the entire beam. On this beam, we were in luck. It is full of neat character and color. We used an old fashion staining technique to enrich the color and yet preserve the variable color patina that the wood develops over time.
This mantel beam came from a early 1900s vintage barn between Norwood, MN and Green Isle, MN. About 40 miles SW of Minneapolis downtown. This is the beginning of farm country. The soil here is rich and black and runs black as deep as three feet. This was the Western edge of the Big Woods, if you are familiar with the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.
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. We can ship this one via FedEx Gnd. We use a flat rate of $65 for all mantels that ship via FedEx. If you’d like it cut down, please contact us at email@example.com or call 888-226-5370.
The Tag – I Banished Draggle-Top. I think this add was from the 1950s; although it looks like the 1940s to me. I suppose draggle-top was the old equivalent for “hat-hair” and the like today. The web is great. You can even find old bottles of Sur-Lay still around and for sale.