Collection: Rough Sawn Reclaimed Barnwood Mantel Beams

Rough sawn reclaimed wood mantel beams are also referred to as circle-sawn, or rough cut and are squared up or dimensioned by a circular saw --be it human powered or mechanically driven--as opposed to dimensioning by hand with an axe (Hand Hewn). Update your room with the charm, warmth and history only reclaimed wood can provide.

There are wide textural differences in reclaimed wood mantels. Our rough sawn mantels have the tell-tale circle saw marks which give them a cleaner but still rustic feel and of course the beautiful natural patina only over a century of natural weathering can imbue. If you're looking for a visually interesting reclaimed wood fireplace mantel beam but a bit cleaner look that is more angular, then we recommend going with a reclaimed Rough Sawn fireplace mantel beam. When people ask about your beautiful reclaimed mantel (and they will), a Rough Sawn mantel beam tells the story of a settler or farmer from 5 or 6 generations ago and the struggle they went through to build a life and home in the isolated frontier. Most of our reclaimed wood beams come from The Mid-West, from the Great Lakes down to Alabama. 

It doesn't get better than this. All of our reclaimed barnwood mantel beams include:

  • Hand picked from our own, on-site 30,000sf reclaimed barn wood beam inventory
  • Done: De-nailed
  • Done: Nylon brushed to soften the texture to the touch
  • Done: Back-side skim cut for flush wall mounting
  • Done: Kiln dried
  • Done: Fumigated (10x more than required for termites)
  • No Charge Upon Request: Mortise pockets patched upon request unless already done
  • No Charge Upon Request: Power-washed (removes some patina)

For nearly 20 years, we've scoured the US for barns and century old historic structures scheduled for demolition and which will likely end up in a landfill. We intervene and recover the barn wood and corral boards to create new architectural components that pay homage to their origins while providing another century of stunning service. We're not cutting down trees by using new wood, and we're not "distressing" new wood to make it look old. We're using century old wood, aged by the elements over generations, from structures that are already or are about to be demolished. Without people like us buying this material (and you for buying it from us) this material would end up in a bonfire or the landfill.

Rough Sawn Lumber Milling

Rough Sawn wood describes timbers that were dimensioned with saws to convert round tree logs into dimensional lumber.

All of the wood used in the raising of a barn starts as a round tree, a log. In order to convert these spherical logs into usable and uniform sizes for joining to one another they must be dimensioned. Dimensioning is cutting the timber into dimensions such as 10" x 10", with flat or relatively flat mating surfaces. The first cutting step in this process is the rough cutting or rough sawing away the outer original face. For rough sawn beams, they were dimensioned with a saw of one type or another.

Most common are the mechanically driven large circular saws or even bandsaws, the for specificity, bandsaw cuts result in a resawn beam. These saws are very aggressive and tend to leave behind saw marks, hence the term 'rough sawn'. Though 'rough cut', rough sawn has a cleaner, more dimensional look than the more rustic hand hewn material. The look is entirely up to you. For reclaimed barn wood mantel ideas, you can choose a rough cut wood mantel by any name, including rough sawn and you'll be pleased.

For wood that was dimensioned by hand, with an axe; those are called Hand Hewn. See our Hand Hewn Reclaimed Barn Wood Mantels here.

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You can buy your Rough Sawn reclaimed wood mantels below. If you are needing a reclaimed fireplace mantel but have exacting dimensions or weight constraints then you might be best served by choosing a hollow box beam. We have an entire division dedicated to only building custom box beams. For box beams, visit our Box Beam Collection site here.
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Our reclaimed barnwood mantels are of wood that is over a century old, and has the old growth tight grain visible in our resawn corbels, and the unmistakable patina in our rough sawn and hand hewn varieties.

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