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Weathered Mantels - Product Info
Weathered Timber Mantels are mixed species and will have a range of colors and characteristics that you would expect from timbers reclaimed from vintage structures.
NOTE: If you are a Do-It-Yourself type (and would like to save some money!) you may consider purchasing an Unfinished Weathered Mantel and doing your own finishing. This document contains some Do-It-Yourself Tips from our in-house mantel guru:
|Products Involved||Trestlewood's WeatheredBlend Timbers involve a mix/blend of various sources of reclaimed/antique timbers and timbers naturally aged/processed to give them a weathered appearance. Trestlewood products that can be included in a WeatheredBlend package include, but are not necessarily limited to, Weathered Timbers (Spec Sheet #7103), Trestlewood II (Salty Fir) Weathered Timbers (Spec Sheet #1103), Willamette Character DF Timbers (Spec Sheet #2118), DF Marquette Timbers (Spec Sheet #2110), Weathered Picklewood Timbers (Spec Sheet #7150), Trailblazer Weathered Timbers (Spec Sheet #7101), NatureAged Weathered Timbers (Spec Sheet #7130) and Harbor Fir Timbers (Spec Sheet #2140.) Blended products are results oriented - they increase Trestlewood's ability to help economically achieve a look desired by a client by freeing up the strengths and inventory of multiple complementary product lines.|
|Species||Mixed Species, heavy to (and often exclusively) softwoods. May include Pines, Douglas Fir and other Firs, Spruce, Larch, Cedar and others. Trestlewood can include hardwood timbers (RubyHardwood and other) at its discretion (see WeatheredBlend Hardwood Timber specification sheet.)|
|Source||Reclaimed/Antique Timbers: Barns, corncribs, stables, trestles, mills, homes and other buildings/agricultural structures and construction projects from different locations in North America.|
NatureAged and Harbor Fir Timbers: Raw timber stock that is processed into NatureAged or Harbor Fir Timbers comes from a variety of sources, including: i) timbers resawn from wood (timbers, logs) reclaimed from various salvage projects, ii) timbers cut from beetle-killed, fire-killed or dead-standing trees; iii) timbers cut from material which has weathered out of spec, and iv) new timber stock.
|HC/FOHC||Generally Heart Center (HC)|
|Metal||Allowed. Nails, bolts and other fasteners can be removed, cut flush or left as-is. Some metal can be broken off inside the beam.|
|Mortise Pockets/Notches/Holes||Mortise pockets and notches from the original joinery are allowed (this would be especially applicable to Trailblazer Weathered Timbers.) Nail, bolt, peg and other fastener holes are allowed. The quantity and size of mortise pockets and holes can vary widely from timber to timber, with some timbers containing very few or none and others containing frequent mortise pockets, notches, peg holes and nail holes.|
|Checking/Cracks||Timbers generally have checks from the heart center to the faces of the timber. In addition, timbers can have surface checking and cracks, moderate butt checking and minor end splitting.|
|Moisture Content/Stability||Air-Dried. NatureAged and Harbor Fir Timbers are generally more stable and less prone to shrinkage than are green timbers. Reclaimed/antique timbers are generally more stable and less prone to shrinkage than are NatureAged and Harbor Fir Timbers. Moisture content can vary significantly from piece to piece.|
|Surfacing||Original timber surfacing ranges from smooth-planed to rough-sawn.|
|Weight||Varies; typically 3 to 4 pounds per board foot.|
|Grading||Weathered timbers can sometimes be graded (WLCB or similar.) Timbers are graded with exception taken for any mortise pockets, holes and/or other characteristics not addressed by new timber grading rules.|
|Salt/Minerals||Trestlewood II (Salty Fir) Weathered Timbers and Picklewood Weathered Timbers contain salt and other minerals (often 20%+ by weight in the case of the Trestlewood II), creating characteristics and/or considerations in such areas as color/appearance, finishes/glues, metal corrosiveness, etc (see Trestlewood II and Picklewood specification sheets for more information.)|
|Color/Appearance||Weathered. Amount and type of weathering varies, sometimes even within a given timber (i.e., some faces of a timber can be more heavily or differently weathered than other faces.) Surface degradation (water damage, surface rot or "punkiness", etc) is common. Weathered timber colors vary; common colors include browns (common for interior weathered timbers), grays (common for exterior weathered timbers), and combinations of browns and grays. In some cases, weathered timbers are sawn from larger timber stock, resulting in one or more fresh-sawn faces. Such fresh-sawn faces can often be "juiced" to help them blend in with more weathered faces.|
|Appearance Variation||Weathered timbers will generally vary in appearance from piece to piece and even within a piece. The weathering (amount, mix of colors, etc) and other characteristics of one face can be substantially different than the weathering and other characteristics of another face. Some weathered timbers are cut from larger weathered timbers, giving them one or more fresh-sawn faces. Such fresh-sawn faces can often be made to look less bright (and more weathered/aged) to help them blend in with weathered faces.|
|Dimensions||The ability to pull from various timber sources gives Trestlewood the ability to provide a wide range of timber sizes and lengths, including large and long. Timbers larger than 10" x 10" and/or longer than 16' are generally more expensive per board foot than timbers to 10" x 10" x 16'. Dimensions are generally nominal. The more latitude the customer can provide in acceptable timber sizes, the better able Trestlewood is to meet the customer's timber needs in an economical and timely manner.|
|Target Mix||Depends on the sizes and look/characteristics desired by Buyer. Many WeatheredBlend timber packages will involve at least 2/3 of the board footage in reclaimed/antique timbers.|