It’s been about 10 years that we’ve been building rustic fireplace mantels and other items for customers. We take lots of pictures of work as we build and once it is complete. We love to get pictures back from clients. It feels like an accomplishment to be in peoples’ homes — in a space that they cherish and value. In many ways, it is that romantic notion that keeps us doing what we do.

You’ll see that in a lot of our mantels, we have mortise pockets — both filled and unfilled. This is a nice reminder of the history of these beams. Those pockets were the functional places where one beam joined to another. With all the beauty that we see, I think that we sometimes forget that these beams once held up buildings.