Hand Hewn Beam Authentic Reclaimed Fireplace Mantels - Add Rustic Charm to Your Home
Beautiful, Handcrafted, Authentic Reclaimed Barnwood Fireplace Mantels
Explore MTC’s reclaimed wood mantels below:
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.
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 skip-planed barn wood mantel and a barn wood mantel?
The 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.
A normal barn wood mantel finish is achieved by running the reclaimed barnwood through a planer adjusted to a lower setting to remove not only the high points but also the rest of the woods skin in order to achieve a smoother and more uniformed finish. Even with this smoother finish, you will still get variations from natural checking, knots, nail holes, hand hewing, circle saw markings and worm holes.
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.
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.
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.