SOLD to Rich L from Chardon, Ohio (OH) on 10/22/2018
A solid wood black walnut fireplace mantel is a stunning addition to any fireplace — rustic or elegant. We quite a few of these to people who want real, natural wood to accent their more contemporary fireplace setting.
This particular piece is very nice, but it does have a couple of drawbacks. The is a minor hole on the left side face. We will fill that. It was an accident as we bolted together some cracking issues. In addition, the bottom back corners are a little tapered and show some sapwood. The sapwood could be left as-is or darkened. I’m not doing a very good job of selling this, am I? Besides those minor issues, this piece has really beautiful graining on the face. A knot type thing toward the center adds a great deal to the flow of the grains on this piece. Because of these issues, this one is on sale for $100/LF rather than our normal $115/LF.
Black walnut seems to be coveted by everyone as the premium wood. You’ll always hear stories about someone’s valuable walnut grove or tree. Sometimes the stories are true, sometimes not. The price of walnut does vary as does the demand. The wood just beneath the bark, or sapwood, is a lighter color than the rest of the body. In many cases, modern wood suppliers will steam the wood to push the dark color from the center into the sapwood. We don’t do that around here. (it seems a bit like cheating).
This piece is what is called “urban logged.” It is not antique or reclaimed. The tree was cut down for some purpose such as it was threatening a house or existing structure, storm damage, or was getting too old. These trees had to come down. This is not a full commercial logging kind of thing where someone was clear cutting a forest. It is a much more responsible harvesting practice.
We can cut the length down and refinish the end at no additional charge. It ships for $75 via FedEx Gnd.
We do have few other Urban Logged Black Walnut beams available ranging from 60in to 100inches. We can also cut thinner if you’d like. Please contact us at email@example.com to get a full listing of available mantels. Also, take a look at this walnut mantel with metal inlay. It is very similar but includes some nice hand hammered metalwork. We can make this style of the mantel in many different sizes as well.
About the TAG- Davey Tree Surgeons. I really enjoyed this old illustration. You see plenty of old cars, but the work trucks and delivery vehicles are far less common. Kind of fun.