Fireplace Mantels 4 | Curly Mantels
Redwood Fireplace Mantels on this page are unfinished unless marked otherwise and each and every one is made-to-order. We will finish them for an extra charge if you want us to — most people ask us to finish them.
We size the mantels as large as possible when we cut them and we can make them smaller if you would like.
Curly, Fiddle-Backed, or Tiger-Striped
Rustic curly Redwood fireplace mantels, whether you call the grain pattern curly, fiddle-backed, or tiger-striped, are all forms of Curl. Curl is actually formed by what is referred to as a Compression Grain. It is caused by a natural bend in the tree. This bend causes a compression in the grain on the inside edge of the tree, which makes the wood appear to have waviness in the grain we call Curl. These grain patterns are beautiful and make great countertops, tables, and mantels as the grain can be easily seen from a distance. The pictured curly mantels on this page are some of the best we have ever cut in the 40 years we’ve been doing this.
The rustic look usually means the wood has a live edge and tends to have defects in the wood such as small cracks, knots, and curly or burly character. If you want a perfect, defect-free piece they are available but not common. Please let us know how we can help with your special project.