Rustic Fireplace Mantels from Old Barn Beams

It is pretty amazing to see some of these old barn beams become fireplace mantels. We start out with gray, sometimes rotting beams from the old barns that dot the American landscape. Most of our material comes from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The United States was generally settled from East to...

Metal Strapped Mantel

A few months back, I was playing around with integrating old bridge designs with tables. I searched around the net, found lots of great bridge pictures and found a couple of great blacksmiths. Interestingly, rivets, once the mainstay of metal joinery, went out with advent welding. There's only a handful...

Scarf Joint Mantel

We just cut out a 7 foot section out of a 6x8 white oak beam today. The beam was incredibly tight white oak with great patina, but I digress. The section was scarf joint. When the old barn builders needed and extra long span of wood (something more than 20...