We can add hand-forged fireplace mantel straps and ironwork onto reclaimed beams. Whether it is simple metal straps, a Christmas stocking rod, corbels, or something more elaborate, our blacksmiths are up to the challenge. Using classic old, hammer and anvil techniques, this real handcraft adds such nice authenticity to wood beams that were hand worked with an ax over 100 years ago when pioneers settled these lands.

Large pine mantels with metal straps and a unique hidden drawer filling a mortise pocket. Close-up of unique hidden metal drawer filling a mortise pocket in mantel. Fireplace mantel with double layer metal straps all gussied up for Halloween. Wonderful hand hewn mantel with metal straps with attached rings. Large hewn mantel with metal straps installed onto heavy gray stone. Close-up of mantel with fancy metal straps and a twisted ring. Classic field stone fireplace with hand hewn mantels with metal straps. Roughly 4x10 mantel shelf with straps, attached metal rings, and Christmas stocking rod. Hewm mantel shelf with straps, attached metal rings, and Christmas stocking rod. Stunning little mantel shelf with double layer straps, attached metal rings, and Christmas stocking rod. Double layer metal straps with rings applied to log cabin timber fireplace mantel. Iron straps on hand hewn fireplace mantel. Metal buckle strap on hand hewn fireplace mantel Simple Iron strap on white oak fireplace mantel. Christmas stockings hanging on rustic mantel with ironwork Close-up of removable Christmas stocking rod. Close-up of removable stocking rod on mantel with corbels. Greene-and-Geene metalwork applied to fireplace mental by Steve Howell. Mantel with metal inlay hosting buttons that can support hooks. Close-up of mantel with metal inlay hosting buttons that can support hooks. Reclaimed mantel with diamond shaped metal washers and unique iron arch. Fireplace mantel with wrought iron ivy and Christmas stocking rod. Huge log cabin timber with hand hammered metal inlay. Close-up of log cabin timber with hand hammered metal inlay. Hand hewn mantel with two simple straps with a single plate with ring in the center. Close-up of potential wrought iron stocking rod ends. Another lose-up of potential metal stocking rod ends. Hand hammered play with forged ring by WLB Blacksmith Shop.

Our Blacksmiths

In 2009, our friend Steve Howell at Ballard Forge near Seattle, Washington originally created some great Greene and Greene style straps to join a pair of old 6×6 beams together. Since then, we have continued to craft more straps and create new designs with Steve at Ballard Forge as well as Wyatt Bienfang at WLB Blacksmith Shop near Minneapolis, Minnesota. We’d also like to give a shout out to Doug Lockhart in Ohio who does great ironwork as well. Nowadays, we see several folks following our lead. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But as an artist, I urge everyone to respect creative work and purchase pieces from the original designers.

The Quality

All of these metal straps are hand hammered and custom fit to each mantel. We usually use 3/16ths inch metal to give the straps an appropriate bulk for the size of the mantel. Our straps have a well-crafted, but very authentic look that only comes from a real blacksmith swinging a hammer. They acquire more color variation with the use of a genuine coal forge — not a gas forge. We strive for our products to look true and real — not machined. This is the real thing.

Metal Straps and Other Ideas

In the photographs, you’ll see single straps and double straps; forged rings and twisted rods. The blacksmiths we work with are exceptionally talented and have a stream of ideas a mile long. Give them some room to create and they step up to the call. If you have some ideas that you want to see realized on your mantel, send us an email or give us a call. We are happy to help.

 

Please contact us at antiqueww@gmail.com or call 888-350-4790 to discuss your specific project. (Note, we are a small mom and pop artisan shop. We don’t always catch the phone while working in our workshop. We do reply to emails every morning and evening. Thank you for your understanding.)