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Reclaimed Mantles and Refinishing Table Project

Our happy customer details the work Brian did for her Mountain home.
Recently I had some mantles created for my two fireplaces at my mountain home at Wintergreen. The man who made them, Brian Fencer, lives in Fairfield Virginia in a historic home built in 1780. I met Brian at the Crozet Craft Fair last fall.  He was displaying stunning furniture he had made from recycled wood.  Now a good bit of that kind of furniture is rustic, but his resembles fine antiques. I asked him if he did fireplace mantles from recycled wood and he said yes.
A few weeks later I traveled to his home and workshop in Fairfield.  He had picked out logs for me, but I wanted to see his entire inventory.  We went in his truck out into a field where he had piles of the old logs.  (We dodged cowpatties and walked around the cows as well.)  He had the best inventory I’ve seen in the years I have been searching for just the right old wood for mantles.  

Reclaimed Oak Mantle



I picked out a chestnut for one of the fireplaces and a distressed oak for the other.  We spent time talking about stains, the perfect spot for cutting the wood, etc. The mantles are now installed and are wonderful.   Reclaimed Chestnut Mantle

In addition, I had a damaged antique cherry dining room table I wanted to have refinished.  He did a beautiful job.  I’ve lived with antiques all of my life, and know wood.  He does the best work I’ve seen in this area. 

Side view

Refinished Cherry Table

Sue Carlson


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