09/21/2023 – Just added this great piece.
Natural White Oak has become the go-to for clean, minimalist natural Scandinavian design trends. This white oak mantel fits right in. Finishing the natural look well, however, can be tricky. Unfinished can risk a dirty, stained mess. Most spray lacquers create a plastic-like feel that distracts from the natural beauty of the wood. Traditional finishes tend to darken the wood and push it beyond the color range most people associate with the natural look. We’ve found a nice balance with a pre-treatment and a natural wax finish (including bees and carnauba waxes). It has a wonderful, smooth touch that allows you to still feel the wood grains and yet maintains the natural light color of the raw wood.
This piece shows some natural checking and cracks that are indicative of solid, natural beams.
This mantel beam is solid. I think that this too is a basic requirement of the natural look. Solid wood. In most cases, assembled boxes look like that — artificial, assembled boxes. It’s tough to find a good alternative to solid material. But therein lies the challenge. Big wood is difficult to dry. We often say that drying wood is a bit like cooking meat. A 1in steak cooks in 10 minutes or less — leaving it a little raw in the middle. A 4in or 5in roast can take hours. The same is true of drying wood in kiln. If not done right, the middle is still wet (and raw). Wet wood can warp, crack, twist, and do other unexpected things. We don’t want that. This particular batch of white oak was stored in a heated shouse (shed/house) for almost 25 years. It is dry and has become what-you-see-is-what-you-get. It shouldn’t yield any surprises.
This particular natural white oak mantel is currently 5.75in tall x 5.75in deep x 72in long. It can be cut down to size and re-finished for no additional cost. We also have some similar 7.5in x 7.5in pieces that can be finished up as well.
It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $150
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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 email@example.com or call 612-281-9330.