- Product Wood: Ash
- Product Texture: Hand Hewn
- Product Color: Light
- Product Size: 67 to 78 inches
- Product Mantel Type Mantel Shelf (more rectangular)
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This hand hewn mantel beam came from a vertical, stockade style, log cabin. The wood is ash and shows the typical characteristics of ash — pale color and busy grains. We bleached this mantel to wash out the color even further. This fireplace mantel could possibility be stained or glazed to darken up or perhaps create a gray tone. The face has been sanded pretty flat and clean. The top shows much more interesting grain patterns, cracks, worm trails, and nail holes. The bottom shows much more of the original ax work. Looks like they were busy chopping in a few different directions.
One of the interesting features is this row of hack marks that runs along the bottom of the mantel face. It took us a while to figure out why the marks were there. Well, it turns out that the original carpenter roughed up the wood so that the chinking (i.e. insulation) between the logs, which was made of grass and fabric, would stay into place and not fall down. The last picture in the set shows some of the grass chinking. The bottom of the mantel beam has a much more character and color variation. That was probably the outside of the building. The top is much more even toned and was probably the inside of the log cabin.
From what we can tell, this cabin was built in 1894. There were old Swedish newspapers stuck to the wall for insulation. Between the logs, there was chinking made of grasses and old fabric. We’re trying to clarify the history. The area Buffalo, Minnesota area was settled with a mix of Swedish, Polish, and German immigrants. There’s some reports that making vertical log cabins was common in a small area in Poland. It is certainly plausible that Polish immigrant brought over this construction technique. There was another vertical log cabin found in the area.
A Swedish family, the Mainquist’s, lived on the farm from about 1930 to 2013. There are some nice pictures on the Minnesota Historical Society website of the Mainquist Family — Evert with Calf, Carol Mainquist sitting on a disc harrow, and Break from threshing on Evert Mainquist farm. You can see the old house in the background of the Carol image.
Also note, if you’re interest in Swedish-American Pioneer history, the Vilhelm Moberg’s Emigrants book series comes highly recommended.
This one is 74in long and priced at $115/LF. We can cut the length down and reduce the price by $9.58 per lineal inch, up to a $115 discount. We’ll refinish the end(s) and you’ll never know which side was cut. Really, cutting this down is not a big deal. This one will ship via FedEx Gnd for $65.