Gorgeous rustic fireplace mantel is made from an old white oak barn beam and features an original hand-hewn texture on the face and bottom
This gorgeous rustic fireplace mantel is made from an old white oak barn beam and features an original hand-hewn texture on the face and bottom. The ax marks are all original from the 1800s when craftsmen were swinging axes to turn round trees into square logs. It is a true piece of American history. It is remarkable to think about the early settlers built these old buildings so long ago. The top of this mantel has been cut flat to create a nice surface for displaying decorations, family photos, and other items.
These pictures were taken with Mineral Spirits splashed on to simulate a finished color. The actual color is still the original sandy beige shown in the last several pictures. We can finish with our typical Rubio Monocoat finish, or we can use a wax to keep this lighter, natural wood color.
This piece was one of several beams that came from a batch from Red Wing, Minnesota. We really don’t have much information about the original building. However, Red Wing was one of the early cities in Minnesota as it rests on the edge of the Mighty Mississippi river. Steamboats frequently traveled the area on the 1850s. Sawmills were also established early. It is very likely that this piece was originally cut and hewn closer to the mid-1800s, rather than the late-1800s like much of our hand-hewn material.
We can cut this mantel shorter and refinish the ends for an additional for no additional cost.
It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $150
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More Mantel Inventory
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.
Mantels with Metal
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.
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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