Sold to Amanda in Minneapolis, MN
November 9, 2018
This is a wonderful black walnut mantel with a real blacksmith hand-hammered iron inset. Black walnut seems to be coveted by everyone as the premium wood. There’s a certain mystique surrounding black walnut. 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 relative to the demand and size of the slab. Walnut does indeed make some absolutely stunning countertops and tabletops with live edges. 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).
Black walnut is relatively uncommon in barns, so we will often use modern, urban logged material. However, modern beams can be a little challenging to properly dry. In a barn environment, this is no big deal. Over the course of 100 years, barn beams have dried down over time. Any cracking, twisting, or shrinking that they might do is now clearly visible. However, with modern wood, not all of that has happened, so things can change a bit over time. On the other hand, 2-by material can be properly kiln dried. With this approach, we can be assured that the mantel will stay as it appears. The beam is a solid build-up of 2-by material; it is not a box beam.
This mantel is composed of a pair of extra thick walnut slabs at 2.0 inch each plus a 1-inch metal insert for a total of 5.0 in thick. The mantel is nice 7.5 inches deep and 71.25 in long. We could shorten this mantel for an additional $50
Shipping will run $75 via FedEx Gnd. Custom sizes are available as well.
About the Tag – You gotta love the old vintage 1966 Honda Trail 90. This ad was fairly early in Honda’s entrance to the American market. Honda targeted hunters, fishermen, commuters, and outdoorsmen with the Trail 90. Early ads often had these bikes in wilderness settings. They were well suited to narrow trails, being small and lightweight (around 188 pounds) and with a forgiving suspension.
We can make additional mantels like this in any size. We also have 3-in material to create larger pieces such as a 7×9.