Tuesday, July 10, 2018

 

Reclaimed fireplace mantels and shelves can make a bold statement and become the centerpiece of any room. When thinking about buying a reclaimed wooden fireplace mantel or shelf there are a few things to consider, from choosing the appropriate style and size to the installation process. 

Reclaimed Rough Sawn Mantel - Walnut Wax
Reclaimed Rough Sawn Mantel - Walnut Wax

Few things are better than relaxing in front of a warm fireplace on a cold winter night. Add a reclaimed wood mantel to the equation and the scene is truly set. The vintage beam creates a focal point for the fireplace as well as the room. Reclaimed wood beams come in all shapes and sizes and it is important to choose with scale in mind while planning the design.    

Rough Sawn Wood Fireplace Mantel - Unfinished
ROUGH SAWN WOOD FIREPLACE MANTEL - UNFINISHED

A rough sawn beam has a distinct look and feel that highlights its rich history and past life. Antique rough sawn beams were used as the support structure of vintage barns from as far back as the mid 1800s. The beams get their distinct look and texture from the original milling process that utilized a large circular saw blade to size up each beam. When it comes to color, the beam can be left unfinished to show off its natural aged brown patina or a pigmented wax can be applied to add a darker color and luster. Typically the fresh cut ends made to size the mantel can be lightly distressed to hide the lighter color of the fresh cut.   

Hand Hewn Fireplace Mantel - Light Brown Wax
HAND HEWN FIREPLACE MANTEL - LIGHT BROWN WAX

A hand hewn timber is just that, a log made square by hand and it has a texture to prove it. Every side of the beam displays distinct marks that remain from the broad ax that was used to create its shape over a century ago. After the beam was the correct size, it was used as the frame for barns and homes. Today these beams are prized for their unique one of a kind look and rustic charm. A hand hewn fireplace mantel can be installed unfinished to show off its natural aged beauty or a pigmented wax can be applied to achieve a finished look in a darker tone. Just like on rough sawn mantels, the fresh cut ends made to size the mantel can be lightly distressed to hide the lighter color of the fresh cut.   

Hand Hewn Mantel & Mortise Pocket
HAND HEWN MANTEL & MORTISE POCKET

A mortise pocket is found on many reclaimed beams. This pocket is part of the original joint used to interlock beams together during the building process of vintage barns. A tennon would be made on the on the end of another beam to be set into the mortise pocket and secured with a wooden peg. A beam can be installed to show off the unique attribute or it can be ordered with at least one face mortise free to guarantee a clean front facing section.  

Mantel Packaging
Wood Mantel packaged for shipment

After the wood mantel is carefully cut to size, it gets packed up and well protected so that it can be shipped via ground and delivered to your front porch. After your beam arrives a variety of mounting methods can be done to safely secure your fireplace mantel into its new home.