- Product Wood: White Oak
- Product Texture: Hand Hewn
- Product Color: Medium
- Product Size: 91 inches and over
- Product Mantel Type Mantel Beam (more square-like)
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We purchased a small batch of some of the best beams that I’ve ever seen. They have a perfect color with gentle hand hewing and a great history. The warm brown tones just radiate from this mantel. This is all natural color that develops over time. The top has been heavily sanded to remove some rot — but reveals some great streaked character and some pleasant cracks. The face is free of mortise pocket but sports one original peg. They bottom has 2 filled mortise pockets, about 2 feet from the left side. These are a testament to this mantels original life as a beam in a mill. The hand hewing on this beam is very subtle — which shows great craftsmanship. Often times, you’ll see beams that are “choppy” looking. To get beams smoother, they work the beam several times with different tools. For example, they may do the first pass with broad ax or even a felling ax. Then do second or third pass with an adz.
There is a notch on the right side at about 89 inches. The full beam is actually 99.5 in long. We can provide the whole beam or cut down to fit your needs.
We applied a finish of Rubio Monocoat to give the mantel durability and just the right natural sheen. But, it still has this great, natural touchable quality.
We gathered a collection of beams from a historical Flour Mill later turned barn in Paynesville, Minnesota. The Paynesville Historical Society writes, “Wheat was the number one crop. This crop brought in the money. The Applegren Mill at Old Town (Paynesville) was world famous. John Peter Applegren purchased the mill in 1869. It had been a grist mill, but was converted of the grinding of flour by Applegren. He produced Paynesville Rolled Flour which was a favorite with housewives. John’s Flour Mill, as it was affectionately called in Paynesville, also produced a very special flour called Golden Drop Flour. In 1893, he took 50 pounds of it in a pure silk bag to the Chicago World’s Fair. He won a gold medal and a scroll”
This mantel beam is priced at $125 per LF at 89 inches (even though it is 100 inches). We can cut to any size, but the price on this one is fixed. This is such a great piece, it is well worth the price. Shipping will depend on the size, as a full 99inches, this mantel will need to ship truck freight for about $225. If cut down, it is possible that it can ship via FedEx for $100-$150.
The tag pictures a Touring Sedan in Yosemite. This kind of imagery became popular in the late 20s and early 30s as cars opened up the possibility of travel to many places that were previously inaccessible without horses, mules, or foot travel.