Have the front of a great solid mantle CARVED WITH AN ORIGINAL DESIGN. Handcarved with chisels and time the old way.
Mantles that are enjoyed more for the charcter along the fron than just a shelf to set stuff would be considered a Character Mantle
Quarter log Mantles are flat on the top and back, but have a live edge along the front and bottom.
Log Mantles are meant to be art above the fireplace and dont neccesarily have a flat surface to set things.
Using a barn beam as a mantle gives character and history to any room.
Dimensional Mantles are cut flat on all six sides and give focus to the grain of the wood.
Corbels support a mantle from underneath