Fireplace Mantels

Planed Fireplace Mantels

Authentic, Handcrafted Reclaimed Barnwood Fireplace Mantels

Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantels

The traditional reclaimed wood mantel is cleaned and brushed, getting the dirt and debris off from the last 100-200 years in the structure, but leaving them as natural as possible. This makes it more authentic characteristically, slightly rougher to the touch, and darker in color.

a close up of the top side of a skip-planed reclaimed barnwood fireplace mantel. Close up images shows grain pattern and other variations in the wood.

Skip-Planed Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantels

Our skip-planed finish is achieved by running the reclaimed barn wood through a planer set to only remove the high points, “skipping” over the low points. By doing this, it allows the reclaimed barnwood to keep even more of its authentic texture, character, and history.

  • Authentic Reclaimed Wood

    All of our materials come from historic barns and other structures dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Our mantels are made from high-quality reclaimed wood that has been salvaged from old barns, homes, and buildings, giving each piece a unique and authentic look that cannot be replicated. A custom letter is sent with every order letting you know the specific history of your piece.

  • Family Owned & Operated

    Modern Timber Craft started in 2014 from a love of old barns and historic buildings. Nearly 10 years into this, my wife Raquel, our dog Bear, and I, along with an amazing group of people behind the scenes help us to continue this adventure. We are passionate about creating an experience our customers will enjoy and remember while providing them with a unique and authentic piece of history.

  • Made in the USA

    All of our material is not only certified reclaimed, but also made and repurposed in the USA. Salvaged from historic American structures within the eastern portion of the United States and prepared in PA to be the focal point in your home.


What is a hand hewn beam?

When a tree or log is transformed from its natural round shape into a timber with roughly flat sides, this is called a hand hewn. Before lumberyards and sawmills were common, old-world craftsmen used axes, skill, and effort to turn fallen logs into timbers. This leaves hand hewn axe marks and old original patina on all four sides, creating an incredible aesthetic for your project. Hand hewn beams often have mortise and tenon pockets, which is how the beams were assembled with each other whether is was a barn, warehouse or other historic structure.

For more information on hand hewn beams, checkout the following articles from our blog!
Signs That Reveal a Hand Hewn Beam
Hand Hewn or Rough Sawn Beams?

What’s the difference between a planed fireplace mantel and the traditional fireplace mantel?

The traditional reclaimed mantels will be rougher to the touch, have more
authentic and varied characteristics, more variance throughout, and be a bit
darker in color. With this process we get the dirt and debris off of the pieces
but leave them to be as natural and authentic as possible. The skip-planed
option will be rustic but not too rustic. This process is achieved by running
the reclaimed barn wood through a planer set to only remove the high
points, “skipping” over the low points. This will be slightly smoother to the
touch, have crisper edges, less authentic and varied characteristics, and will
be lighter in color overall.

If you have any questions about our different types of reclaimed wood fireplace mantels or beams, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help.

Do the mantels come with mounting hardware?

Yes! Our hand hewn and authentic 6x6 barn beams will come with a heavy
duty mounting bracket as the standard. These pieces will be pre-routed and
pre-drilled to accept the hardware as well. For our 3” and 4” thick mantels,
they will come with a set of standard floating hardware and be pre-routed
for the hardware. You (or a contractor) will just need to drill the holes in
accordance to where the brackets will need to be placed for maximum
weight allowance once mounted. Don't want to drill the holes? You can
upgrade any of these pieces over 24” long to our heavy duty mounting bracket where the piece will come pre-drilled as well.

Can a finish be chosen for the Hand Hewn or Authentic 6x6 Barn Beams?

We do not stain the hand hewn or authentic 6x6 barn beam mantels. We
always leave these mantels unfinished and recommend testing different
stains or oils to the back of the mantel before applying all over once you
have it in hand. This ensures that it will be as close to the color that you have
in mind as possible. If you would like to request that your piece be a darker
or lighter shade naturally, you can do so during checkout by leaving a note
on the order in the ‘special instructions’ portion of checkout.

Can a custom length be ordered that is not listed?

For custom lengths not listed, you will want to add the next size up into your
cart. For example, if you need a 58” length, add a 60” length to your cart.
Once in your shopping cart you will see a space that reads ‘add special
instructions’. In this space you can add the custom length needed and we
can take care of the rest from there!

In the traditional mantels, what is the difference between the oil and unfinished option?

The oil finish will be the darker of the two finishes. The oil finish will vary based on geographical location, prior use, prior exposure to elements, and type of structure it was in. It will always be a medium brown color but can pull with a red or golden undertone and can sometimes even be varied within the piece. The unfinished option is the lighter of the two finishes. This option is the natural color of the wood once cleaned up. The unfinished option also comes ready to oil/stain/seal if you wanted once you had it. Although it certainly could be left as is if you liked the color of the natural wood. All of our Hand Hewn and Authentic 6x6 Barn Beams will come natural as the standard.


Our authentic reclaimed barnwood mantels will include unique grain variations, knots, and other characteristics. Keep in mind, these are authentic reclaimed pieces of wood so no two are the same.

Images shown are only representations of the pieces that you will receive. Due to the nature and origin of the barnwood, your pieces may differ slightly. We do offer sample pieces to help ensure the look is exactly what you want.

Our Roots

All of our barn wood mantel material come from historic barns and other structures in Pennsylvania and Eastern Maryland. The warmth and beauty that these authentic reclaimed wood floors provide is second to none. We take pride in knowing we are doing our part to help maximize our forests sustainability by re-using what is already available. We know you will love your reclaimed wood floor and you can rest assured they will stand the test of time.

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