SOLD to David in Suffolk, Virginia
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.
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.