The Fireplace Mantels
|You know those still life pictures with a laptop, some pencils and a succulent artfully arranged? This is my version :)|
One of the lumberyards in town (Rogue Pacific) ripped it in half for me, so I got two 6x10" pieces (give or take). After cutting, they sanded it with a dust flap, which cleaned up the splinters but left some the...history...intact. This last picture shows more of the texture. The circle is just where I was noting it needed to be trimmed back to make a flat edge for the back.
Bruce hung them using Sheppard Brackets, which were recommended by the guys at Rogue. When the fireplaces were being framed in, back in May or June, I hadn't made a mantel decision yet, so I told them to block everything in so I could hang a railroad tie on the wall if I wanted. I didn't want to have to think at all about how much weight these could hold. I think they were also glued in place on the rods, so it's a good thing I like them, because I'm pretty sure they are not coming out.
|This is one old piece of wood. I haven't counted the rings, but I'd estimate there are at least 15 per inch. Tight, thin rings like that indicate old growth, and I'm not sure many old-growth redwoods are being cut down these days.|
|First fire in the fireplace, on Christmas Eve :) Also, stylish carpet remnant to protect the floor.|