Nice square-edged hewn piece.
For your consideration, here’s the quintessential reclaimed, hewn-hewn mantel beam. This piece checks all of the boxes. It is an authentic, mid-1800s hand-hewn vintage barn beam from when the original settlers were coming across the American landscape. The front face is free of holes except for a couple of original round peg holes. The top and bottom have rectangular mortise pockets — adding to the authenticity that this piece is the real deal. The ax marks are even and pleasantly deep. In addition — the wood is white oak. White oak has these great, natural warm neutrals that everyone is looking for to give us that cozy feel.
- This beam has been sanded, but no finish coat applied. We can sell as-is for $700 or we can finish for an additional $75. We can preserve this nice warm color, or the piece will naturally go very dark with our typical, high-end Rubio Monocoat finish.
- It is currently 68in long, we can cut to size at no additional charge.
- We could cut the top and bottom to make thinner or perhaps give it a more contemporary feel.
- We’re happy to leave the mortise pockets open or fill them with matching hewn material.
After nearly 20 years in the business, I still pause in awe to think about these beams. I just can’t imagine leaving Europe, crossing the Atlantic in a boat, and then making the trek across the country to find a place to settle down. And the journey certainly didn’t end there. These strong folks then swung axes to build barns and worked long hard hours to plow fields — just to pursue a dream and humble livelihood. This settlers certainly didn’t ever think that their barn beams would ever become hand-hewn mantels in some city folks’ homes.
We put in a lot of time and care to do our part, but we’re just the last caretakers after Mother Nature and the original builders. These great quality beams are amazing and are disappearing quickly.
The original beam came from an old barn in Lowell, Wisconsin, about 50 miles northwest of Madison. The barn was probably built in the mid- to late-1800s, when people were generally settling the country from East to West. So, this piece of wood is probably from the 1860s or 1870s. If you count the rings, you might find that the tree was born in the 1700s!
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
About the tag – LOTTA NOISE is a playing card from a 1950s vintage set of Old Maid. These great old names are wonderful. Over the years, these cards have made some of the best mantel tags. We’ve scoured the web and I think we’ve found ever variation over the years. We also get a kick out of the fact that some of these old sets are not particularly politically correct by today’s standards.
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.
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-281-9330.