SOLD to Michael C. in Georgia (GA) 8//29/2017.
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This is a nicely hand hewn fireplace mantel beam dating back to the late 1800s. This oak beam is a good, clean, 4-side hand hewn piece. Imagine, all of those chop marks from an original American settler swinging an ax. How cool is that? This piece is oak with a couple of pleasant sapwood lines running along the top and bottom. There’s a few nail holes in there too. Again, this one has no mortise pockets.
The original beam came from an old barn in Southwest Wisconsin. It probably dated back to the late 1800s We purchased this wood from an Amish gentleman who lives out in the rolling hills of the area. That area is still dotted with small farms where the cows and other livestock are out in the corrals. It’s not like the modern farms that we see by our place in Minnesota with hundreds of cows stuffed in a tin building. It is great to see agriculture the way that I remember it as a kid.
Note, this is 100% natural color. There is a finish coat of a hardwax oil, but there is not any stain applied.
This mantel is 61 inches and is priced at $115/LF. Because of the short size, we don’t offer any discounting if we cut it shorter. We are, however, very happy to cut to any size and re-finish the ends at no additional charge. Shipping will run $65 via FedEx Gnd.
About the tag – It’s a Kool Cigarette ad from the 1940s. Apparently the Penguin is named Willie and the advertisements were set in a form of poetry. There are even Willie and Millie salt and pepper shakers available from the 1950s.