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Authentic Reclaimed Barn Wood Hand Hewn Beams

Make these hand hewn beams a focal point of your living room or family room. You can hang our reclaimed barnwood mantel shelves above your fireplace or as floating shelves on any wall. Each piece has a unique appearance so variations will apply.

Sourced: Historic northeast US barns dating from late 1700s to early 1900s

Characteristics: Natural Checking, Knots, Nail Holes, Hand Hewing, Circle Saw Markings, Worm Holes

Specifications: Solid wood, barnwood, bracket mounts & hardware included, routed rear bracket space, NO pre- drilled holes for bracket

Dimensions: 6 – 8 inch thickness x 6 – 8 inch depth x 48 – 84 inch width (custom sizes available)

Thickness and depth can vary up to 1/2 inch but are generally within 1/4 inch

Finish Options: Unfinished ONLY

Installation Disclaimer: Modern Timber Craft is not responsible for mantel shelf installation. Seek guidance from a licensed professional before affixing shelf to wall surface. Installation may require more than the hardware provided. Always make sure your shelf is properly secured to the wall before leaving unattended.

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Images shown of our hand hewn beams are a representation of the piece you will receive. Keep in mind, these are authentic reclaimed pieces of wood here, no two are the same!

A cut-to-fit wooden wall cleat is included with your purchase. Instructions are included with your order for mounting.

Dimensions will VARY in terms of thickness and depth but range from 6x6 inches to 8x8 inches.

Wood coloring can change dramatically when finishes are applied. For example, we have many pine pieces that appear brown when oiled. We also have many that will look reddish when oiled. Yellow pine tends to end up more reddish, and white pine looks brownish but that is not always the case. Other factors that impact appearance are the age of these hand hewn beams, the environment in which it spent its life, and the overall condition.

Sourced from barns and other structures dating to the late 1700s through early 1900s in Pennsylvania and Eastern Maryland.

If you order more than one we will do our best to match if requested. We will also make any custom piece for you, simply contact us!

Product Disclaimer: Images shown of these hand hewn beams are only a representation of the pieces received. Due to the natureand origin of this material, your pieces may differ slightly.

Additional information


48", 54", 60", 66", 72", 78", 84"

Depth and Height

6" (measurements may not be exact), 7" (measurements may not be exact), 8" (measurements may not be exact)

The first settlers in America used materials on hand to construct buildings. Today, individuals love to make use of this reclaimed wood when building or remodeling a residence or office. The history of the piece adds to the ambiance of the area. The wood used in this manner comes from barns, stables, mills, and more, and many pieces are hundreds of years old. What makes this wood truly unique and highly coveted?

Reclaimed hand-hewn lumber pieces are truly one of a kind. The different species underwent decades of weathering and wear to obtain their current appearance. As a result, each piece is unique, and the wood varies by where it was first obtained. The settlers never discriminated when it came to the wood used for the structure, so a person could find many varieties of reclaimed wood all coming from the same region.

Additionally, reclaimed wood typically offers more variations that are no longer seen in wood species. For instance, as trees in the past were allowed to grow to their full height, the rings observed in this timber tend to be wider than seen in newer pieces. These pieces often have more knots and other markings that make the piece unique and give it charm. 

If a person is fortunate enough to know where the wood came from, the piece becomes an interesting topic of conversation. When someone asks about the hand-hewn lumber, the owner can not only explain what it is but also provide information on where it came from and what makes it special. That doesn’t happen with pieces that are mass produced today.

"WOW! What can we say? Our hand hewn mantel just arrived and it is magnificent. The axe markings give it so much character its going to look amazing in our home."

Jenny Olson

  • "My new shelves just arrived and they are GORGEOUS! I made a custom order and everything was exactly according to my specifications. I had great communication with the shop owner, Jake, before the order was placed, and the order was fulfilled promptly. These shelves are substantial and I love the character in the wood. Couldn't be happier!"
    Kelly Mix
  • "These wooden shelves are unique, beautiful and full of character. The wood is solid and beautifully stained. I love them in my kitchen to balance out the white cabinets and counters."
    Elizabeth Jones
  • "This shelf was the perfect addition to our living room and it shipped quickly and exceeded our expectations, the wood is gorgeous"
    Nicole Barnes
  • "I love the quality of the shelf and how it looks above my sofa. I also appreciate the fact that the wood is reclaimed and the note included the history of the property it was removed from."
    Benjamin Nally
  • "Absolutely stunning! It fit my space very well and gave our new construction some character. I love them!"
    Beth Huckaby
  • "Love love love these shelves! They looks so great, hold a lot of weight, and are very easy to mount on the wall. The simple brackets look very nice and make it really easy to set up and get into the wall. I got an extra set of brackets to let the long shelves hold a bit more weight and I'm glad I did! Looks good too :) Love it! Get them!"
    Kara Perlman

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Modern Timber Craft
401 E 4th St, Building 20
Bridgeport, PA 19405 USA
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Call us: +1 (866) 999-6635

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