Incredible, well-balanced live edge on a beam-sized piece.
This oak mantel has great live edge character flowing along the bottom half of it. While you might find a modern 3 or 4in live edge oak slab, you’ll rarely find a 7×7 beam mantel with such interesting character. In addition, this one is reclaimed. It was circle-sawn with probably something like a 36 to 48-in-diameter saw blade back in the early 1900s. There’s an abundance of old character on its one — sawmarks, nail holes, and other scars. The top side is quarter-sawn. That means that this piece was only one-fourth of the original tree. Once upon a time, there were 3 other mates to it. They were probably in the barn too if we had looked hard enough.
We even left a big hole on the top. It is about 1.75in in diameter. I bet you could find a cool vase, bottle, or even candle that would fit into that hole. I think this is where the metal cow stanchions connected to this post.
This one is just a super nice find. Love it. It runs $125/LF and can be shipped for another $125 anywhere in the lower 48 states.
We could certainly cut it shorter and re-finish the ends at no additional fee.
We have applied a Rubio Monocoat finish. Rubio has a great, natural look and feel with good durability and repairability. It also really warms up the natural color of the wood. Applying finish is always a fun part of our work.
This barn beam was sourced from a barn near New Prague, Minnesota, a town known for celebrating its immigrant heritage, like many other towns in the area such as New Germany, Hamburg, Cologne, and Green Isle. We have taken a complete set of pictures of the barn before the barn was dismantled. This particular beam was likely one of the posts in the basement, aka milking parlor, of the old dairy barn. However, the old beam has undergone a remarkable transformation through hours of sanding, brushing, and cleaning to turn it into a great mantel. It is now ready to serve another few decades in your home.
About the tag – Free Book! This advertisement was from the Aluminum Company of America — Paint Service Bureau. I don’t think anyone uses the term “bureau” for a division of a corporation. Probably sounds too much like the FBI.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-281-9330.