This mantel is a very nice, clean simple white oak barn beam. It has been sanded pretty aggressively to smooth things out and remove any rot. There are a couple of nice knots on the bottom. Pleasant cracks compliment each face. The corners have been smoothed down and left lighter to create some nice accents.
We think, but have not confirmed that this is an old Pinske Barn. We know Pete Pinske, who was a 3rd generation barn builder. His grandfather started building barns in the late 1800s. The Pinke's were early pioneers of doing hip-roof barns. The hip-roof allowed the farmer to store more hay in the building. Pinske's were probably building the hip roof barns 20 years before they were popular. The Pinske's were also very good about selecting trees for lumber in the winter time. This gave them an advantage to build more barns in the summer time with better lumber. Pete recently helped build a house for his grand-nephew where they reclaimed wood from one of the original barns that Pete's grandfather built. They used material for cabinets an other decor. So the wood ended up traveling 5 generations.
We will cut this mantel down in length and reduce the price by $8.33 per inch, up to a $100 discount.
SIZE: 60.75in Long x 8in Deep x 6.5in Tall
Made in Norwood, MN
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