SOLD TO David S in Suffolk, VA
December 20, 2018
This real, reclaimed hand hewn mantel shelf was cut from a larger 12x12sill timber. Finding old mantels this size can be a challenge. A shelf with 11in-plus depth is a great find. The notches in the bottom a testament to its original use supporting floor joists in a barn. The white oak graces us with some wonderful, authentic color variations. The face and bottom host original hand hewn texture. In the late 1800s, this was from men swinging axes all day long. It is amazing to think that this is the real thing from early American settlers. The top of this mantel has been cut smooth to create a nice flat shelf for your decorations, family photos, and knick-knacks. The front face is really what is most seen on a mantel. The top is often above eye-level or covered. The bottom can sometimes be seen while sitting on a couch, but the angle of view is much more shallow.
The original beam came from an old barn in Southwest Wisconsin. It probably dates back to the late 1800s. We purchased this wood from an Amish gentleman who lives out in the rolling hills of the area. That area is still dotted with small farms where the cows and other livestock wander out in the corrals. It’s not like the modern farms that we see by our place in Minnesota with hundreds of cows stuffed in a tin building. It is great to see agriculture the way that I remember it as a kid.
At the current full-length, this one is 64 inches. 60 inches has better quality. The end is actually unfinished with the expectation that we would cut it to size and finish. We’ll do this at no charge.
It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $75.
About the tag – Sta-Puf Rinse – Softens and fluffs all washables. This one dates back to the 1950s.