Natural Wood Mantel Shelf (FORHANS)

Additional information

Weight 135 lbs
Dimensions 73.5 × 5.5 × 11.5 in


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Product Description

Unusual Size. Great natural wood look.

We absolutely love the warm, natural wood look that we get from Rock Elm. This natural wood mantel shelf is the real deal; not some modern pine wood substitute. Rock Elm is extremely slow growing and is rarely available on the modern wood market. Rock Elm also has really cool, distinct growth rings on the end. With a quick estimate of the rings, it looks like these beams were over 150 years old when they were cut. You’ll have to get your kids or grandkids to count them to be exact. Now imagine these beams were cut around 1880… so that means that this tree was born in the early 1700s if not sooner. We’re only seeing a part of the whole tree.  There is certainly more growth beyond the corners. This tree is older than modern America as we know it!

This natural wood mantel has some pleasant cracking that is just indicative of real, solid wood beams. The beams are dry, so while they may still change a bit seasonally, the change should not be significant.

We have cut and joined beams together to create a single piece that is 5.5in tall x 11.375in deep x 73.25in long.
We have other single pieces available that can be cut into different sizes — 5×5 through almost 8×10.

This piece is still a bit “work in progress.” It could use more sanding and finishing. We imagined that our customer would want this in a different size, so we haven’t done our final sanding or finishing.
With rock elm, we have developed a pre-treatment with a hand-rubbed bee and carnauba wax finish that works well to preserve the lighter, natural wood color and delicate wood grains.
The $650 price includes all of the required finishing to your specifications.

This one is heavy! It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via UPS Ground for $175.

At the end of the picture set are a few original pictures of the barn.

About the tag – An advertisement for Forhan’s for the Gums (toothpaste). While not the first tooth cleaning product, it was the first to be sold in a modern tube — setting the pace for the entire industry. The Smithsonian Institute has an original tube and box in its collection. This advertisement was from Better Homes in Gardens from  March, 1930.

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.