Oak Mantel Shelf with Great Character (Hey-Diddle-Diddle)

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Weight 98 lbs
Dimensions 64.25 × 4.5 × 11.5 in


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1 in stock

Product Description

Reclaimed oak mantel shelf with hand-hewn face and bottom with a cut top – a true testament to the allure of vintage craftsmanship and natural beauty

Reclaimed oak mantel shelf with hand-hewn face and bottom with a cut top – a true testament to the allure of vintage craftsmanship and natural beauty. Carefully selected from the best old reclaimed oak beams, this mantel shelf boasts a rich history, bringing a sense of authenticity and sustainability to your living space. The hand-hewn details crafted back in the 1800s bestow a rugged charm, ensuring no two pieces are alike, and making yours a genuine piece of art that whispers stories of the past. This piece hosts gorgeous warm tones, beautiful grain patterns, and old ax marks.

This is a timeless mantel shelf. The cut-top design adds a little more refined look that fits well into a contemporary urban home or cozy cabin. The flat top surface provides a showcase for cherished photographs, heirlooms, or curios on its flat surface, turning your mantel into a heartfelt gallery that embodies your unique personality. As you run your fingers along the reclaimed oak’s textured grain and view its earthy tones, you’ll enjoy thoughts of simpler times. Nature and history’s craftsmanship join together to stand the test of time.

It is important to note that this piece has a slight bow — it is not a perfect piece (although I think that the great character and depth of this particular piece outweigh that). On a very linear ledge-stone backdrop, it probably isn’t a great idea. On a more irregular, field stone kind of background, it will probably be just fine. It is discounted accordingly. ($500 rather than $725)

This piece came from Bongards, Minnesota which is an unincorporated town close to Cologne, Minnesota. It is well known in the area for a century-old creamery that now dairy produces including cheese and ice cream. The town was established in the mid-1800s. This particular building was a granary from late-1800s. The building was filled with hand-hewn material and square nails. No doubt, the local farmer provided milk to the creamery about a mile down the road. The picture as the building was being dismantled. This particular piece was probably one of the sill timbers supporting the granary.

We can cut this mantel shorter and refinish the ends for an additional for no additional cost.

It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $100

About the tag – Hey Diddle Diddle Old Maid playing card. Over the years, Old Maid cards have been one of our favorites. This is one from the set, “Old Maid Nursery Rhymes and Folk Tales Card Game” by EE Fairchild dating back to the 1940s.

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 antiqueww@gmail.com or call 612-281-9330.