Mildly rustic, great light color hewn mantel.
This hand-hewn rock elm mantel brings all kinds of elements together. It has a history. This beam was sourced from an 1800s vintage barn near Henderson, Minnesota, which is located on the Minnesota River. The authentic old hand-hewn texture dates back to the day when folks were swinging axes to build square-up beams. It has great wood. The mantel shelf is Rock Elm, an incredible, somewhat rare domestic hardwood. Rock Elm is almost unavailable on the modern market, but we find it from time to time in old barns. The trees are very slow-growing, resulting in extremely tight growth rings and grain patterns. This mantel has a modern farmhouse style. We used a special pre-treatment to preserve the lighter natural wood color. We finished it off with a hand-rubbed bee and carnauba wax finish.
This modern farmhouse mantel is 7.25in tall x 7.5in deep x 67in long. The front face and bottom side are picture-perfect with no mortise pockets or flaws. The top has a couple of fills as well as a blemished area where there was some rotten wood removed. Normally, this mantel would run $750. With the blemish, it has been marked down to $600. We could also take a risk and try re-cutting the top surface off by maybe an inch or so — yielding something more like a 6in tall x 7.5in deep piece. This would reveal the great rock elm wood grains and (hopefully) remove the blemish. If we cut and add more work back into this one, the price is $675.
It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $150
At the end of the picture set are a few original pictures of the barn.
About the tag – An advertisement for Genuine English Flower seeds from a 1930s vintage Better Homes and Gardens magazine. It is pretty cool. Better Homes and Gardens now has historical issues of their magazines online including the one from March, 1930.
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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