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"Folks: I received my mantle yesterday and it is stunning. It is everything I wanted and more. Thank you for your prompt attention to my order, for the wonderful artistry of your work. I could not be more pleased."
Bobby Stepp; Columbia, SC

A hand-hewn mantel is perfect compliment for a rustic log cabin or lodge fireplace. As shown here, our beam mantels and fireplace surrounds are created from salvaged barn or house beams at least 100 years old. We have Chestnut, Oak, and Canadian Black Ash beams - all traditional pioneer building materials. These antique beams often include nail holes as well as worm holes and iron stain. Occasionally we have Poplar and Pine beams. We also make Fireplace Mantel with Surrounds.

Hand hewn Chestnut Mantel with two flush brackets.

Chestnut is shown above, in this case 5"hewn x 7" x 64" with flush mount brackets. Click the picture for a larger view.

Oak mantle with hand-hewn front and flush mount brackets.

Oak is shown above, in this case 7"hewn x 6" x 68" with flush mount brackets.

Canadian Black Ash Mantel shown with 2 inset brackets.

Canadian Black Ash mantel above, with two inset brackets.

Antique Pine has a rich warm color.

Antique Pine mantel above, has excellent warm colors.

As designed by Bob Hoffa, mantels are available in many sizes. Typical choices include the 5" x 7" x 60" dimension and the 7" x 6" and up to 9 feet long. It is your decision whether to specify the smaller face showing and the larger face serving as a shelf or vice versa. Both flush mounted and inset mounts are shown above. No fasteners are provided.

The wood is carefully selected for soundness and character. We cut to your dimensions and hand plane to provide flat surfaces where needed. The front of the mantel retains the hand hewn texture, sanded and polished, and finished with a natural oil.

Please Note - Mantel sizes are quoted in NOMINAL DIMENSIONS. This means we start with your dimensions (6 x 8 for example), and the process of cleaning up the beam and straightening it will remove material. If you absolutely MUST have a certain dimension we will have to start with (and charge for) a larger beam.

We ship fireplace mantels all over the US and Canada via UPS. The size restrictions of UPS are 150lbs. and 108 inches in length.

Beam Mantle prices start at around $300 and are dependent on size, bracket choice and detail. For a quick quote by email, use our

Quick Mantel Calculator
or Get Quote by Email make sure to include:
  • mantel dimensions
  • brackets? and type?

or contact us by telephone. (304) 497 2756.

Mantel Installation

If you have a brick or masonry wall, you need about three 1/2" rebar pieces long enough to go 3" into the wall and another 3 to 5" into beam. The length depends on size of beam. A rule of thumb is to have the rebar penetrate 2/3 the width of the beam.

Drill holes into the masonry and cement the rebar into place with a bolt anchor mix or epoxy. Allow sufficient set time between operations.

If it is a framed wall, drill into studs for 1/2-13 threaded rod (aka "all-thread") Drill size is 7/16. Screw into holes by gripping with vise grip pliers, then proceed.

Drill corresponding holes into back of mantle and apply construction adhesive (like Liquid Nails) to the rebar and in the holes. Guide mantel onto pins and slide against wall.

Brackets, if any, may be glued into place with construction adhesive and then toe-nailed into beam with small finish nails. Set nails below surface with nailset and fill with appropriate colored wood filler.

The wood for these mantels came from Vintage Log and Lumber.

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