Antique wood beams salvaged from barns and factories make for beautifully rustic fireplace mantels and ceiling accents. These antique timbers add a certain charm and coziness to any interior.
Beams and mantels come in two primary styles - hand hewn and rough sawn.
Hand hewn wood beams are hand cut using a broad axe and adze to square the timber on its sides to the custom fitting of each beam on site. The craftsmanship of hand hewn beams is second to none. Hand hewn beams have a rich, rustic aesthetic that antique lovers admire, letting the lumber’s history speak for itself.
Rough sawn lumber is when the wood is cut to size with a circular saw leaving a rough surface. Rough sawn wood has a less-rustic look when compared to hand hewn beams, and provides a cleaner antique aesthetic.
The age of these beams and their long history tells a lot about their sturdiness and reliability. The rough sawn and hand-hewn techniques used to build these beams a century ago adds character that cannot be found in new wood.
Originally serving as structural supports in barns and factory floors, these timbers are massive. Our fabricators sometimes hollow out the beams to make them easier to move and install without sacrificing the beauty of the antique wood. Your mantel can be solid or hollow, rough sawn or hand hewn —whatever you want!