Hand Hewing refers to the traditional process of converting a log into lumber. Before sawmills, an axe or adze was used to square up wooden beams for timber framing. This process, while slower than modern options, creates a truly unique, one-of-a-kind piece that can be completely customized to your needs! Some popular places you will find hand hewn wood being used includes shelving, posts, ceiling beams, exterior trims and of course, fireplace mantels!

More often than not, the fireplace is the focal point of the room so naturally, this is the perfect spot to add a unique, statement making detail like a hand hewn fireplace mantel. The rustic, authentic style of such a mantel can fit into any design style. In an urban city home, a hand hewn mantel is the perfect way to bring character and a touch of nature into your space. In a cottage or timber frame home, it is a great way to carry the style from the timber frame beams down to the fireplace.

These mantels can be made to suit your specifications whether you are looking for a single beam or a wrap around for a multi-sided fireplace. Whatever you envision for your space, a hand hewn mantel can be customized. With each piece carefully handcrafted, you are guaranteed a unique, one-of-a-kind look for your home! – Vintage Woodcrafters, www.vintagewoodcrafters.ca

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