5 Foot Hand-Hewn Mantel – White Oak (HIRAM-HAY)

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Weight 104 lbs
Dimensions 62.5 × 7.5 × 7.5 in



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Product Description

SOLD! Lee P in Dallas, TX 11/04/2021

Real 1800s vintage oak mantel beams like this are hard to beat. This piece is filled with original ax marks and worm trails. White oak naturally darkens over time. This piece hosts natural color that has simply been enhanced by a hard wax oil finish. All three sides show off hand-hewing (ax work). This is from back in the day when folks swung axes to make round logs into square beams. It is amazing to think that this is the real thing from early American settlers. We kiln treat beams as needed for bugs. We use a similar process to the one that they use in the European Union for wood pallet trade.

There’s an original round peg on the front as well. This peg would have been drilled and hammered through the mortise and tenon pocket to keep an adjoining beam in place. You’ll hear people often talk about “pegged barns.” That’s exactly what this is. The hewing on this mantel was crafted to a relatively smooth finish. I suspect that it was hewn with a couple of passes with an ax then followed with an adz.

There is also a “mortise pocket” on the bottom of the mantel beam.  It was originally a rectangular hole where another beam came in and joined this one. We filled it with a matching side grain plug so that blends nicely. The pocket is just another element of the real history of this piece.

The original beam came from an old barn in Lowell, Wisconsin which is located 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. This piece probably dates closer to the 1860s – 1870s. Count the rings and 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 $125

About the tag – HIRAM HAY 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.

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.

Contact us via email at or call 612-281-9330.