Fireplace mantels wood . . . the warmth and beauty of wood is undeniable. Infused with lovely grain patterns and other distinctive features, it be-
comes more beautiful with age as it mellows to a rich, warm glow.
Throughout history, awe-inspiring fireplace surrounds have been created with this amazing organic material . . . . . a practice that continues today. The extraordinary designs featured here provide a glimpse into what can be achieved when wood is used as an artistic medium!
Pictured at left is a stunning present
day example of the woodcrafter's art. A monumental two story fireplace surround anchors an equally monu-
mental library (below) in a private Dallas residence. Built for Texas businessman and real estate magnate, Harlan Crow, the library houses a treasure-trove of rare books, manu-
scripts and other historic items col-
lected by Mr. Crow during the last 30 years.
The palatial home, which also includes the soaring wood fireplace surround pictured above, right, was designed by architects Richard Giegengack and D.C. Broadstone. John Phifer Marrs collaborated on the interior design.
A Versatile Natural Resource
For millennia, wood has been used for everything from fuel to furniture. A carbon-neutral renewable resource, its applications are many and varied.
Beyond its important and ubiquitous structural functions, wood has been used as a finishing material on virtually every surface of a room. Floors, ceilings and walls have been handsomely decorated with every manner of wood type and graining. Custom work, in particular, has produced some outstanding examples of the woodworker's art, including the exquisite paneling, cabinetry and coffered ceiling below.
Not to be left out, custom fireplace mantels and overmantels fashioned from finely grained woods continue to be produced today, such as the outstanding example, pictured below, from Ipswich Cabinetry in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Note the carefully arranged, matching bands of veneer on the overmantel of this see-through fireplace in the photo at right, below.
Hand carving, another time honored technique, continues to be employed in custom wood mantels. The richly carved mahogany mantel and surround pictured below incorporates Celtic themes and motifs to celebrate the owner's Scottish heritage. Carved by Ernest Bryant, a woodworker from Check, Virginia, it is an extraordinary present-day example of the wood carver's art!
The following exquisitely detailed mantel is carved from solid Claro walnut. A highly figured wood with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, it is frequently used to make fine furniture.
English oak fire surrounds and hand carved overmantels in the two photos below are just a couple of the extraordinary
examples of traditional English fireplace mantels wood joinery created by a modern day team of designers and woodworking artisans. Crafted by Deacon & Sandys Archi-
tectural Joinery, based in Kent, England, it's the next best thing . . . . . . perhaps even better . . . than the real (i.e., original) deal!
And finally, the striking design that follows is from Thomas Riley Artisans' Guild, based in Naples, Florida. It features a massive, elaborately paneled butternut fireplace mantel and overmantel, flanked by display cabinets with leaded glass doors. Surrounding the arched firebox opening is a beautifully colored marble, crowned by a large keystone.
If you're looking for the best there is in present-day custom fireplace mantels wood, you
need look no further than the highly skilled wood-
crafters behind the incredible examples shown here. For more information about any of these amazing artisans and their custom fireplace mantels, please contact us.
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