This affordable and natural rustic walnut mantel shelf is handmade and unique. Walnut wood is harder and heavier than the other wood species offered for fireplace mantels and shelves, but walnut is a good choice for a mantel due to its stability.
MANTEL FACE – STYLES
These woods are quite stable while drying, which means they will have less cracking, shrinking and twisting than other species.
STYLES – This refers to the front surface of the mantel which faces the room and is most visible.
Natural Face – On some logs the bark of the tree comes off during the sawing and drying process. The exposed bare edges will show the shape of the log along with knots and character marks. These mantels are the best value because no extra labor is required to prepare the mantel for sale.
Square Face– This style combines the look of a solid wood mantel with a more traditional flat face.The face will show the same grain patterns that are seen on the top and bottom of the mantel.
Draw Knife Face– If the face of a mantel is damaged in the manufacturing process we can sometimes smooth out the wood with a draw knife. The grain will normally show as in a Square Face mantel, but the mantel will retain the log edge look. The ends of a Draw Knife mantel will stay square.
Carved Face – The front face and ends of these mantels are molded and shaped with carving tools to add depth and character to the final product. This carving will accentuate knots in the mantel face. Cracks that may develop in the drying process will also be softened.