This is one of several absolutely gorgeous white oak mantel beams that we recently pulled from a local barn. The deep wonderful color is completely natural. We sanded up the beam just right, then applied a hard wax oil finish.
The barn was located between Norwood, Minnesota and Bongards, Minnesota. It was on what is known as a "Century Farm." This is a farm that has been in a family for over 100 years. In the picture, you can see an old colorized photo of the farm, including the barn. This support beam sat on top of posts that then supported the floor joist of an old, 1900s vintage barn. On these support beams were tags to identify which cow belonged in the particular stall. Some families named their cows, other just have them numbers. I laughed when I heard one local farmer call one of his beef cattle, "Hamburger." One section of this old barn had old log cabin timbers that had been re-used as "sleeper joists." So these beams were already on their second re-use, now going on their 3rd.
This mantel is 6in Tall x 8in Deep x 72in Long.
We just sold this exact beam -- "Ballet Betty." We have similar, raw beams available from the exact same barn. We could size one anywhere from 4ft to 10ft. We run $100/LF for finish mantels like this. We will be posting a new one or two within the next week or so.
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It was great working with Kevin, so great I bought two mantels. He has the best selection of mantels on the internet. I also visited local artisans in GA but nobody had the beautiful finished product he provides. He was easy to work with and his website is the most thorough with multiple pics of each beam and they're listed by dimension. I just received the mantels and they were packaged nicely to make sure no damage to the edges or finish could happen while in transit. I can't wait to install them to complete my fireplaces. Pics to come.
I seriously have nothing but praise for the whole experience! Kevin was great--very detailed email communication as we went through the selection process. The mantle was EXACTLY as promised, shipped quickly, and at a very fair price. I am so happy that we stumbled onto CustomMade and onto Kevin's shop in particular. Antique Woodworks is really awesome... I highly recommend them!