Frequently Asked Questions about Ohio hand hewn wood fireplace mantels, box beams, and shelves
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your most common asked barnwood questions, all in one place!
Are all of your products made from real wood?
Yes! All of our products - fireplace mantels, floating shelves, box beams, and corbels - are made from real wood....Eastern White Pine to be more specific. Due to it's light color, quick drying time, and durability, Eastern White Pine makes for a superior species of tree to use for barn beams. It's overall appearance in general lends itself to look more reclaimed than any other type of wood.
How long will it take to receive my mantel or shelf?
All of our wood fireplace mantels, corbels, and floating shelves are custom-made and hand-hewn by our Amish craftsmen at the time of purchase and according to the customer's specifications. Generally, it can take about 7-10 days for your piece to be crafted, finished, and ready for shipping. Depending on the time of year, that time can be pushed to two weeks. Autumn tends to be our busiest time of year. Shipping is done via UPS and can take anywhere from one to 2 weeks, depending on your location.
Does my mantel need to be notched?
More often than not, your fireplace mantel will need to be notched in order to install it securely. If you are mounting your mantel onto drywall or a fireplace that already has brick or stone veneer on it, or another masonry wall, then your mantel will need to be notched. If you are mounting your mantel onto a wall where brick or stone will be laid at a future date, then you do not need to have your mantel notched and we recommend purchasing a set of our metal straps. Please see our fireplace mantel installation and mounting page for more information. Floating shelves automatically come pre-notched.
What does hand-hewn mean?
Hand-hewing is an age old method of cutting and shaping a tree log into a beam by striking it with a hewing axe, often called an adze axe. These strikes, or blows, create checks and cracks that make each beam truly unique and give it a rustic and antique farmhouse appearance, just like it was reclaimed from a barn in the 1,800s. All of our barnwood beams are hewn by hand using this old-world technique by an Amish craftsman with over 30 years of experience. Each piece he creates is truly authentic and custom and made at the time of purchase. You can read more information about the hewing process here.
Shipping: Is shipping included and is my mantel safe during transit?
Yes, to both of those! All barnwood fireplace mantels, corbels, and floating shelves include free nationwide mainland shipping. They are shipped directly from our manufacturer via UPS and carefully packaged to ensure your purchase is safe and sound when it arrives on your doorstep. Because of the custom sizing of ceiling box beams, shipping is not included; however, when you contact us for a quote on your box beam, we will give you the cost of shipping once we know the size of the beam you wish to order.
Are the fireplace mantels and floating shelves sturdy?
Yes! When properly installed and maintained, your fireplace mantel or floating shelf is very sturdy and durable. All of our barnwood products are made from Eastern White Pine, a superior wood species known for it's durability and quick drying time, and then air-dried (or seasoned) for at least a year, sometimes two. Air-drying allows the wood beams to be more durable and naturally dry out with minimal cracking or internal tensions that can often be found in kiln-drying, leading to a more fragile piece of wood. All of this leads to a very strong timber beam that can be last a lifetime.
How much do the mantels weigh?
Our fireplace mantels are made from real timber wood and can weigh approximately between 50-80 pounds, depending on the size ordered. To ensure proper and secure installation, we always recommend that you hire or consult a professional contractor. However, depending on your DIY skills, you can install the mantel yourself. Please visit our mantel installation and mounting page for more information.
Ceiling Box Beam Covers: Lead time and shipping information
Ceiling box beam covers are custom-made at the time of purchase and can take 4-8 weeks to be made and ready for shipping depending on current workload and time of year. Due to their larger size, they fall into the freight class for shipping and will generally need to be shipped via LTL. Customers ordering ceiling box beams may also pick up their beams directly if they choose not to have them delivered. If you choose to have them delivered, you will be quoted separately for shipping costs. Your box beams will be crated for transit so that they arrive safely and securely. Nationwide shipping is available!
Have a different question?
If you have any other question that hasn't been answered here, please contact us and one of our specialists will be more than happy to help you!