This custom fireplace mantle and surround was designed in the Craftsman style and features quartersawn white oak that is stained and glazed to give a traditional appearance. Pyramidal columns flank the hearth and wenge inlays provide decorative accents.
Custom Craftsman Style Fireplace Mantle And Surround
by Bob Sep 26th 2012
Ten years ago, we moved into a new Craftsman style house. Although the outside was quite authentic, the interior finishing was minimal. In particular, the fireplace, , usually a focus of a Craftsman house, had a surround that was just a plain pine rectangle. When we got serious about upgrading it, we found some lovely tiles, but could not find an antique surround and mantel. We had known Jim Oleson through his very artistic and original wooden coffee tables and asked him to take a look. Jim, working closely with us, designed and built a beautiful surround from quarter sawn oak, with Craftsman details added in a dark tropical wood. Jim is a pleasure to work with—he has good ideas, draws quickly and well and reacts creatively to suggestions. In doing the actual building, he was meticulous. He made a paper template for his work, fitted to the space, then a plywood template, and finally the oak veneer. Most of the work was done in his own workshop, so there was no mess in our li... Read More