Rustic Fireplace Mantel - Rare 1800s Rectangular, Elm Hand Hewn

This fireplace mantel beam comes from a rare vertical log home dating back to 1894. It has 4 sides hand hewn into a rectangular shape. This too is unusual in that it made most sense to square round logs into square beams. While we like to save log cabins as log cabins, this one had significant cut-outs and was scheduled for quick demolition. In those later pictures, the vertical wood on the first floor is not planking, but rather logs.

From what we can tell, this cabin was built in 1894. There were old Swedish newspapers stuck to the wall for insulation. Between the logs, there was chinking made of grasses and old fabric. We're trying to clarify the history. The area settled with a mix of Swedish, Polish, and German immigrants. There's some reports that making vertical log cabins was common in a small area in Poland. It is certainly plausible that Polish immigrant brought over this construction technique. There was another vertical log cabin found in the area.

A Swedish family, the Mainquist's, lived on the farm from about 1930 to 2013. There are some nice pictures on the Minnesota Historical Society website of the Mainquist Family — Evert with Calf, Carol Mainquist sitting on a disc harrow, and Break from threshing on Evert Mainquist farm. You can see the old house in the background of the Carol image.

Note the tag on this one was from the original newspaper covering the wall. It was from a Swedish newspaper printed in the Midwest. You can see the mix of Swedish and English. If you're interest in American Pioneer history, the Vilhelm Moberg's Emigrants book series comes highly recommended.

SIZE: 71in Long x 10in Deep x 5.5in Tall
This exact one is sold, but we have many more like it.

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  • Linda C.

    Linda C.'s review

    • Sep 2nd 2017

    Working with Kevin at Antique Woodwork was one of the most pleasant experiences. He was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful with me in picking the right mantel. For our fireplace renovation, we replaced the insert, tile, hearth and mantel. The mantel is showpiece of the whole thing. It's just breathtaking. Thanks Kevin!

  • Kory K.

    Kory K.'s review

    • Apr 4th 2017

    Kevin did a fantastic job on my custom made mantels. This was my first time using Custom Made and I was very leery about using it since I could not actually touch the product. When Kevin sent pictures, I immediately loved his work but when I opened the shipping packages and I fell in love with the masterpieces in front of me! What a unbelievable work of art!! He is truly the best at his work!! If you choose anyone but Kevin, you will be getting a second place art piece and wasting your money!! Thanks Kevin. Job well done!!

  • William B.

    William B.'s review

    • Jan 15th 2017

    Tremendous experience from start to finish. It is amazing that we only used email to match the finish perfectly.

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