Barn Beam Mantel (POST-TELEPHONE)

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Weight 92 lbs
Dimensions 67.25 × 7.5 × 7.75 in

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Product Description

This barn beam mantel is the real deal. The ax marks date back to the late 1800s and was indeed part of an original settler barn. This particular red oak piece has a wonderful color range. It hosts a warm, medium brown but is accented with some deeper saddle brown hues. The current face has an open knot, an old round peg hole, and a filled rectangular mortise pocket. All sides are currently hand hewn. We could rotate the mantel so the current top becomes the face and the current face becomes the bottom. The current back is sub-par and would be best cut flat. We’re happy to make these changes for an additional $50. It is so incredible to me to think that beam was made by folks crossing the country in wagons, finding a place to settle down, and then working the land to survive.

The dimensions on this barn beam mantel are currently 7.5 inches tall x 7.75 inches deep x 67.25 inches long. We can cut this mantel shorter and refinish the ends for an additional for no additional cost.

The original barn was located near Viola, Wisconsin which is in the Kickapoo Valley in the southwest portion of the state. The rolling hills, small farms, and forested vistas are a gorgeous part of the area. Viola was established in 1855 and had a population of about 400 in 1900. It has remained a small down with a population of about 650 about 120 years later.

It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $150

About the tag – The Saturday Evening Post was a staple of the American household throughout the 1900s reaching peak circulation in 1960s with 6.5 million copies. Today, the Saturday Evening Post Society, a nonprofit, owns the magazineAn editorial staff of twelve puts out six issues a year; circulation is roughly 350,000. With a $15/yr subscription, you can see the complete digital edition of this March 6, 1948 issue.

More Mantel Inventory

You can shop some available mantel beams and thinner mantel shelves on this website. 

However, our website here only contains a small number of all of the mantels that we have in stock.
We are literally a mom-and-pop shop that does lots of custom work. We often just don’t quite find enough time to update this website regularly.
We have nearly 150 finished mantels and another 500 or so unfinished pieces in stock at any time that can be viewed with other links. 

We also do lots of custom work. If we understand what you are seeking, we can find and create that magic piece.

Please contact us for a full list and personal recommendations. We’re happy to chat and find a great piece for you.

We work with a great local blacksmith to add metal straps and other ornamentation to our mantels. He is the real deal — coal forged and hand hammered. The metalwork has great color and tight fit. Nothing machined. We can start with a finished mantel you find on our site, or we can start with raw stock for more options.

Here are a few examples of the hundreds that we have crafted over the years. We can work together to create something unique. You can also browse our Mantels with Metalwork page.

Mantel with metal rings  Fireplace Mantel with Metal Cross 

In most cases, no special and expensive brackets are required — just some lag screws. The different approaches outlined are very strong, simple, and economical. Take a look at our mantel installation tips.

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