Our log style mantels are custom made from native hardwood. We have selected six naturally robust species which have proven to be superior over other varieties: Basswood, Butternut, Cherry, Eastern Red Cedar, Elm, and Walnut. These particular hardwoods retain their strength and stability during the kiln drying process and exhibit less shrinking, twisting, and cracking as compared to other classes of wood. Click here to learn more about these wood species.
When we talk about "style," we're referring to the face or the front of the mantel. This is the surface that is most visible in your living space. We offer five styles to suit your preference:
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During the sawing and kiln drying process, the bark of certain trees falls off. The exposed wood show clear definition and the true shape of the log, in addition to any knots, wormholes or other markings. (Image features Eastern Red Cedar species)
This rustic style is the result of the bark holding firmly to the wood during the manufacturing process. Because this effect is less likely to occur, you may find that our inventory is limited. Please be advised that the bark which has successfully adhered to the log mantel is not guaranteed to stay tight indefinitely. It may require tacks or glue. You'll be reassured to know that our customers who have chosen and installed bark face mantels over the past 15 years have experienced minimal issues. (Image features Basswood variety)
For a more traditional looking mantel that features a flat surface on all sides, you'll appreciate the square face style. Remember - this is a solid piece of wood! just as if you were to get timber from your local lumber yard or hardware store to construct the framework of a home or building. Our mantels are not pieces of particle board that are glued together. The face of the mantel will display the lovely, consistent grain patterns the same grain patterns and can be seen on the top, bottom and sides of the mantel. (Image features Walnut species)
At first glance, the draw knife style looks much like the square face style. However, there is a difference and if you look close enough, you'll see it! Sometimes during the logging or manufacturing process, the face of a mantel may be blemished. It is possible to smooth out the wood with a draw knife. This traditional woodworking tool consists of a blade with a handle at each end. The tool is pulled or "drawn" toward the woodworker in an effort to remove shavings, or in this case, undesirable flaws. The log mantel's grain, as well as knots and other character marks, will often present as they would in a square face style mantel, however, the log shape will be more irregular or natural looking. The ends of a draw knife mantel are cut square. (Image features Basswood variety)
If you are looking for the most unique and detailed mantel style for your home, then the carved face example will definitely appeal to you. The face and ends of this particular log mantel are whittled and shaped with hand carving tools to add distinguishing features to the finished product. Characteristics such as knots, grain distortions, and wormwood markings are emphasized, while cracks that may have developed in the drying process tend to become softened. (Image features Butternut species)