Little natural colored hand-hewn white oak fireplace mantel. This little piece has an original 1800s vintage hand-hewn front and bottom with a cut top.
Here’s a nice little natural colored hand-hewn white oak fireplace mantel. The face and bottom have an original hand-hewn texture. This is from back in the day when folks swung axes to make a round log into a square beam. In this area, that is the late 1800s. It is amazing to think that this is the real thing from early American settlers. The top has been cut smooth to remove some issues. It makes for a nice flat shelf for your decorations, family photos, and knick-knacks.
There is a mortise pocket that has been filled on the face — just some nice additional character. The cut top is great for decorating. It is currently shown as sanded, but no finish applied. We can keep this color with a wax finish. You can also see a couple of pictures toward the end that show the mantel with mineral spirits splashed on it. We can achieve this color with our typical Rubio Monocoat finish.
There are also some open peg holes that run from the top to the bottom. They originally held an adjoining beam in place.
The left end has quite a bit of traces of bug activity from the past. That could have taken place any time in the past 140 years or so. We’ve also kiln-treated the mantel so just in case there were any leftover critters, they are gone now.
The original beam came from an old barn in Lowell, Wisconsin which is about 50 miles NW of Madison, Wisconsin. The barn probably dated back to the mid- to late-1800s. The country was generally settled from East to West, so we see older places in Eastern Wisconsin than we do near our workshop near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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 $125
About the tag – Birdie Three is a playing card from a 1950s vintage set of Old Maid. These great old names are wonderful. Some of these old sets are not particularly politically correct by today’s standards but represent part of our American history.
Our website here only contains a small number of all of the mantels that we have in stock. Please contact us via email at email@example.com or call 612-281-9330 for a list of more mantels that are available. We are a small mom-and-pop shop and don’t usually find enough time to update this list. We have nearly 100 finished mantels and another almost 500 unfinished pieces in stock at any time that can be viewed with other links.