Hewn Log Mantel (HOT-DOG)

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Weight 95 lbs
Dimensions 83.5 × 5.25 × 7.25 in


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1 in stock

Product Description

Classic timber mantel with 1800s vintage hand-hewing.

This mantel is almost like the classic log mantel except it shows off an original hand-hewn bottom from the 1800s. The face sports a rounded, natural tree-like character made of sapwood. The white oak creates some great color variations — from the lighter-colored sapwood to the dark heartwood. Even with the stain, the natural color variations show through. As white oak ages in a barn or granary, the white oak tends to interact with the ammonia in the air to cause a natural darkening. You can see the dark wood on the bottom.

  • We usually don’t stain, but we did on this mantel. Just seemed like it was the best approach on this one.
  • This log mantel is currently 83in. We will cut to size and finish the ends to meet your needs at no charge.
  • It is priced at 72in, so it is a good deal if you’re looking for a long mantel.

Lots of bug trails also adorn the face of this one. Those little critters were busy once upon a time. We have kiln-treated this piece so that all of the critters, their eggs, and their larvae are cooked to a crisp (literally). I’ve seen dead bugs in the kiln that look like the ugly crispy bad leftovers at the bottom of the McDonald’s french fry box.

This timber mantel was originally a what is called sleeper beam. Think of it as a big floor joist. Instead of 2-by material, they took a log and hand-hewed two sides. The floor was then attached to the flatter, hand-hewn side. Because of rot issues, we needed to cut the top off. This ends up just being a nice flat surface (that is probably above eye level) for decorations.

The original hand-hewn log came from a late 1800s vintage granary in New Germany, Minnesota. The granary had been taken down 12 years before and sat as a pile of logs sitting in a shed.  The old granaries were relatively small, but very important buildings on the farm. They stored the year’s harvest of grain. These buildings were well maintained because it was like preserving money in the bank. From sleeper beam to a wonderful mantel, what a transformation. I bet they never imagined their work being used as a fireplace mantel 140 years later.

It can be shipped will depend on the final length, but will range from about $150 to $175 via FedEx Ground to anywhere in the lower 48 states

About the Tag: Valentine Hot Dog. Hot Dog! You add Spice to my Life! These old valentines are great. They are such a piece of nostalgia. I’d guess that this one is from the 1960s.

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 antiqueww@gmail.com or call 612-281-9330.