Draw Knife Face Mantels
Draw Knife Face: If the face of a mantel is scarred in the logging or manufacturing process, we can sometimes smooth out the wood with a draw knife. The grain will often show as in a Square Face mantel, but the mantel will still have the natural log shape. It is also common for knots, or other character marks to show on the face. The ends of a Draw Knife mantel are cut square. (Shown in Basswood)
Click here to view current inventory-note the model number and call us to place the order- we can ship anywhere in the lower 48 states. Shipping cost will vary but average about $55.00 per mantel
HOW THE MANTELS ARE MANUFACTURED:
After cutting a Log Style Mantel on our sawmill, it goes through an extensive drying process. We first air dry it in our yard, and then put it through our dry kilns. This may take up to a year or more. Once dried, the mantels are sorted by style. The 4″ thickness is surface planed top and bottom to remove rough saw marks, and to bring out the grains and character marks of the wood. This is also when the carving or wood burning designs are done. The mantels are sanded before shipping, but we do not apply a finish. That is best done at the time of installation to allow matching of other woodwork in the home.
SPECIES OF WOOD USED:
Three native hardwood species have a natural advantage for making a Log Style Mantel. These woods are quite stable while drying, which means they will have less cracking, shrinking and twisting than other species. Each wood offers its own unique character.
- Basswood : Because it is both light in weight, and light in color, Basswood will make a very interesting mantel. The wood grain is not very visible, but it does offer a variety of streaks and character marks.
- Butternut: A medium brown colored wood with rich grain patterns, Butternut is also relatively light in weight and is quite popular as a mantel. It is often chosen by customers interested in matching Oak woodwork, because of its similar appearance.
- Walnut: A dark brown wood popular for use in cabinets and furniture, Walnut makes a beautiful Log Style Mantel. Although somewhat heavier and harder than the other species offered, Walnut still works well for a mantel because of its stability.