Beams & Mantels

Old timber beams were produced from trees such as Elm, Oak, Maple, Poplar, and Pine. Old growth trees had to survive in tough growing conditions in dense forests, which meant they grew slower and denser. As a result their grain patterns were much tighter, denser, and stronger. Reclaimed wood beams maintain that density and stability; once cleaned up and kiln dried they offer an antique look with depth and character that tells a story of its own. Reclaimed wood beams are ideal for unique fireplace mantels, shelves, posts, ceiling accents and furniture.

Hand-Hewn

Before industrialization and saw mills in the mid 19th century, support beams were hand carved and shaped for placement in barns, school houses, churches, and homes. These beams and timbers were the structural center for the buildings, using mortise and tenon joinery with hand carved pockets and wooden dowels.

The technique known as “Hand Hewn” involved skilled woodworkers using a broad axe and basic hand tools to sculpt raw trees into usable beams and timbers. This took hours of manual labor to square each log before it could be placed into a structure. Each hand hewn beam is truly unique, and carries a brilliant history full of character and rustic charm.

Prices are subject to availability. Inventory changes regularly. All wood is denailed, powerwashed, and kiln dried. **All mantels sold 8″-12″ longer than final cut.

Salvaged hand-hewn square timbers are sold in lengths up to 15 feet.

 

Depth x Width Linear Ft Price End Cut
4in x 4in $10 $5
4in x 6in $26 $10
6in x 6in $33 $15
6in x 8in $44 $15
8in x 8in $52.50 $20
10in x 10in $60 $20
12in x 12in $90 $20

Rough Sawn

Steam power changed the game for saw mills in the 19th century. Trains could transport felled logs to a mill where they could be processed faster by circular saw blades run on steam power. The early cuts of the logs left them in a rough state, which is how “rough sawn timber” got its name. Rough sawn lumber is wood that shipped before being planed or sanded to a smooth surface. Reclaimed rough sawn timbers show kerf marks, which are marks left behind by the blade of the saw. When you look closely at the kerf marks on salvaged rough sawn timbers, you can’t help but wander what the saw mill was like over 100 years ago when it was originally cut by the saw blades.

Prices are subject to availability. Inventory changes regularly. All wood is denailed, powerwashed, and kiln dried. **All mantels sold 8″-12″ longer than final cut.

Reclaimed rough sawn timbers are sold in lengths up to 15 feet.

 

Depth x Width Linear Ft Price End Cut
4in x 4in $10 $5
4in x 6in $26 $10
6in x 6in $33 $15
6in x 8in $44 $15
8in x 8in $52.50 $20
10in x 10in $60 $20
12in x 12in $90 $20

Box Beams

The look of distressed wood beams can also be created using old barn siding. Known as “box beams”, these are created by our woodworkers using three pieces of reclaimed barn wood siding. The salvaged wood is first cut to the desired length and width, then placed together in a “U” shape. Edges of the wood may be mitered to create a flush look or left squared to show a clean edge. The top is left open. When installing, the open top of the box beam is placed on the ceiling, which creates the look of a solid beam being in place. Reclaimed wood box beams are also a great way to wrap existing rafters or joists and hide unsightly ceiling blemishes.

Prices are subject to availability. Inventory changes regularly. All wood is denailed, powerwashed, and kiln dried.

Box Beams are custom made and sold in lengths up to 14 feet.

 

Depth x Width Two Sided – Linear Ft Three Sided – Linear Ft
4in x 4in $18 $24
4in x 6in $18 $34
6in x 6in $22 $40
6in x 8in $29 $47.50
8in x 8in $35 $52.50
9in x 9in $40 $55
10in x 10in $45 $65
12in x 12in $55 $75

Extras
Matte urethane finish – $20 Sq Ft