Reclaimed Wood Mantles

We specialize in vintage hand hewn mantles. Each mantle is a one of a kind work of art. Starting with the craftsmanship that went into creating the beam 100+ years ago, ending with the modifications to make it that perfect fit for your project. All of our mantles are custom cut to your specifications from authentic, salvaged hewn or antique circle sawn beams. We carefully clean and hand sand each piece in order to maintain the rustic beauty, but remove those pesky slivers. We carry a large inventory of mantle quality beams in a variety of species, including those hard to find ones!

Finding vintage cherry hand hewn beams is one of the most difficult species to find. Believe it or not, this beam is unfinished besides a light coat of sealer. The contrasting patina of the heartwood and sapwood in reclaimed cherry is startling. The owners of this mantle wanted something out of the ordinary with a more refined look. This piece of cherry started as a 10″x10″ hewn beam. We cut 2″ of the top and also shaved the back to fit flush with the wall. To give the refined appearance, we worked the hewn surfaces down to a smooth sheen while still retaining the original makers adz marks.

Choosing the right piece

Many customers are unsure the exact look they are after. If you are unsure of the character you are looking for in a mantle piece, please view our gallery below. If you find a photo of a piece you like below, or anywhere else for that matter, we will dig through our endless stacks of beams to find the right match for you. We go above and beyond expectations to make sure your mantle piece fits just right.

Custom mantles

We have the ability to custom cut any mantle piece to your specifications. We will do antique hand hewn, antique circle sawn, or custom resawn, all to the specifications of your project

Endless possibilities

No two reclaimed beams look exactly alike, making each mantle one of a kind. Whether you are looking for clean smooth hewn, one with heavy adz marks, something resawn out of a larger piece, gray patina or brown, the possibilities are endless. Tell us what you want, and we will do our best to achieve the exact look you are after.

Creating the Perfect Mantle

If you had the chance to see how we transform our hand hewn beams into a finished product, you will see most of the following steps are exactly the same. Steps are so similar because we are creating most mantle pieces from our hand hewn beams themselves, and mantle pieces require much more work and attention to detail.

Step 1 – Power Wash

Over the years, every reclaimed beam accumulates all kinds of dirt and grime on the surface and in every nook and cranny. Beams fresh out of the barn will be a dull brown color, even grey if they have been exposed to the elements at all. A thorough cleaning brings back the rich brown patina the wood itself has developed over the decades. After cleaning the beam goes in our kiln. The core temperature of the beam is brought to above 140 degrees and held there for at least 8 hours. This kills any insects that may have been still residing in the wood.

Step 2 – De-metal

After 100+ years of use, the beams have often acquired all kinds of “jewelry”. From nails, hinges, bolts, wiring, you name it, we have found it nailed to an old beam. We remove everything sticking out of the surface, and if milling is involved, we pull out the metal detectors and dig out what is under the surface as well.

Step 3 – Custom Cut

This step of the process depends on the project and of course your particular specifications. We have the ability to custom cut your mantle any way you see fit. We beam saw the ends square and sand them to the exact length specified. We also normally shave the back side of the mantle. There is a lot of irregularity in old hewn beams, cutting the backside of the mantle piece allows for a flush fit to the wall. Because of that same irregularity, we often shave the top of the mantle as well. Should you want to set picture frames, vases, or any type of artifact on the mantle surface, shaving the top provides for a smooth flat surface for your objects to set on.

Step 4 – Brush Sand

By this point in the process, the mantle is cut to specifications and is ready to be smoothed and cleaned for the final time. Brush sanding not only allows us to clean the leftover dirt and grime from the beam, but it removes all of the bristles and slivers from the exterior as well. After this process is concluded, you should be able to run your hand across the beam without getting any slivers.

Step 5 – Sand

Once cut, we will sand the ends smooth to bring out the tight growth rings of the virgin timber. Should you decide to have us shave the top, that is also sanded smooth as well.

If you have any questions about the steps we take to give you your perfect mantle piece, or have any other concerns, please feel free to call or email us at any time. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, and ease your mind on any concerns.

Step 6 – Insect Treat

In this final step, we use a powerful insect treatment solution to ensure no living creatures are still within the dimensions of the mantle. We use a product with borate as the active ingredient. Borate treated wood is of low toxicity to humans, and does not contain copper or other heavy metals, but will kill active infestations and prevent against future ones

If you have any questions about the steps we take to give you your perfect mantle piece, or have any other concerns, please feel free to call or email us at any time. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, and ease your mind on any concerns.

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