2.5 x 7 Black Walnut Fireplace Mantel Shelf (CHICAGO-SOO)

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Weight 46 lbs
Dimensions 89.5 × 2.5 × 7 in



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Out of stock

Product Description

SOLD to Cathy R on 11/8/2018

Sold 11/8/2018 to Cathy R
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Some incredible black walnut figuring adorns this mantel shelf. It is a long one, but it can be cut down in length. Black walnut seems to be coveted by everyone as the premium wood. You’ll always hear stories about someone’s valuable walnut grove or tree. Sometimes the stories are true, sometimes not. The price of walnut does vary as does the demand. Walnut does indeed make some absolutely stunning countertops and tabletops with live edges. The wood just beneath the bark, or sapwood, is a lighter color than the rest of the body. In many cases, modern wood suppliers will steam the wood to push the dark color from the center into the sapwood. We don’t do that around here. (it seems a bit like cheating).

The left end of this mantel has a beautiful figured area which was where some sort of branch diverged from the tree trunk. The right side of the shelf is more simple but still has some nice knots and graining.

We should put another coat of finish on this one to increase the sheen and bring out the grain a little more.

This piece is what is called “urban logged.” It is not antique or reclaimed. The tree was cut down for some purpose such as it was threatening a house or existing structure, storm damage, or was getting too old. These trees had to come down. This is not a full commercial logging kind of thing where someone was clear cutting a forest. It is a much more responsible harvesting practice.

As walnut in shelf size, this one runs $85/LF. At 90in, that’s $637. We can cut it down in length and reduce the price by $7.08 per inch up to an $85 discount. We will refinish the end as well. It ships for $75 via FedEx Gnd.

We do have few other Urban Logged Black Walnut beams available ranging from 60in to 100inches. We can also cut thinner if you’d like. Please contact us at to get a full listing of available mantels. Also, take a look at this walnut mantel with metal inlay. It is very similar but includes some nice hand hammered metalwork. We can make this style of mantel in many different sizes as well.

About the TAG- This is part of an old advertisement from the 1940s for SooLine railroad running from Minneapolis to Chicago. For the most part, SooLine had discontinued passenger service by 1961.

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.