1) How much Experience?
Countree Living/Best of Nature
has produced handcrafted rustic fireplace mantles and rustic
furnishings SINCE 1979! Very
few have the expertise and knowledge that comes with our
30+ years of experience! This
skill goes into every project, for every single
2) What Personalized
Service can we expect?
We may be a little old fashioned
but, still believe in personal contact time,
discussing all of your ideas.
Contact us at (715)
588-1241 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Which wood species do you use
The United States
Department of Agriculture favors the
Cedars for their durability, which includes resistance to
weather and insects. The history of cedar goes back
centuries. Native American Indians used cedar for canoes,
totem poles and shelters. They referred to cedar as "trees
of life". Other benefits are the composition of the
wood-Cedars fine tight grain, makes it known for minimal
checking (cracking), its stability, and weight factor
(greater ease for installation and shipping than pine). The
distinctive beauty of Cedar along with its coloration is
prized by many! Other species available are Tamarack, Fir,
Hemlock, and Aspen. White pine, Spruce, Oak, Ash, Maple are
available. Call to inquire on specific wood species.
Our assurance for Quality?
The log and timber mantels we
produce are of a quality you will truly appreciate. Finished
or unfinished, we take the time to
meticulously handcraft every mantel. We painstakingly
hand sand your mantel/s so they are SMOOTH TO THE
TOUCH! Textured yet smooth, so you can decorate for
the holidays and your special events. Enjoy the
furniture grade finish WE offer! Compare this Quality
to our competitors. We
have received national recognition for Award Winning
furnishings and, You get this quality! Would you really
want anything less?
Our products have been featured
in: Log Home Living, Country's Best Log
Homes, Log Home Design Ideas, log home guide, Log
Homes Illustrated, Early American Life, and a log home
planner. In 2008, Early American Life magazine awarded
Countree Living/Best of Nature as
"One of America's Best in traditional handcrafting of rustic
5) Mantle construction?
We exclusively craft SOLID
WOOD mantels, not box beam mantles! Our rustic antique
timber mantels are also handcrafted on the
bottom side. When viewing
your mantle, you will see the beauty of the handcrafting
continue, like a quality built mantle should.
See the page
Antique Fireplace Mantel Designs
for more information on How
we do what we do when handcrafting wood
6) Do you make Custom Mantels?
Every rustic mantel
is made to your desired dimensional specifications.
This will include custom lengths, depths, heights and the
ability to personalize your mantel with our many options.
We pay close attention to all details for you. Custom work
has been standard since building our first mantel in 1979.
7) What about Corbels?
Corbels are normally a cosmetic
addition, not a structurally needed component; due to how
these mantels are installed. Contact us if you desire adding
corbels. We correspond with you to
determine the best locations for placement. If there are
existing corbels on your fireplace, we can customize your
mantel to accommodate them. See the CORBELS
page for more info.
8) How do Best of Nature mantels
There are many ways to install
fireplace mantels. We furnish a very detailed
installation/instruction guide with every mantel, based on
which type of fireplace (wood frame or concrete) is used.
Once your mantel is ordered, we can email them if you may
need prior to the mantel arrival.
9) How long of a mantel should
Your 3 choices are:
1) Hold mantle in equal
distances from outer edges of fireplace-
Approx. 3-6 inches.
2) Keep the mantel length flush
with the outer edges of fireplace/stonework.
3) Extend the mantel past
the stonework approx. 2-6 inches each side.
See the Fireplace Mantel Designs
page for more ideas.
10) What about Finishing?
The mantels are available
in a raw unfinished form, or we offer the full finishing
services. This consists of a customer selected stain tone, (For your approval on desired colors,
we email you approx. 3-5 color samples once mantel is
ready for staining). Usually two coats of stain
followed by 3-5 coats of clear satin and hand sanded
between final coats brings out the beauty of the wood
fireplace mantels. Even though hand hewn, this gives a
furniture grade finish that is smooth to the touch.
Pricing is done based on mantel size and options.
11) Production times?
Our normal lead times can average
1 1/2-3+/- weeks depending on our schedule. We
also have log and timber mantels available for immediate
shipment. See our Layaway Plan if
your timing is 2-3 months away. If you have timing
issues call us at (715)
588-1241 or email email@example.com.
12) Is your business "Green"?
We have been environmentally
conscious since our beginning 30+ years ago. We
never harvest live trees. Reclaiming wood
timbers from old buildings, (hand built in the mid 1700 to
early 1900 time frame) is another way we strive to be
environmentally friendly, and helping to preserve our
forests. Our work includes assisting the Nature Conservancy
programs, Sierra Club, and many other nature oriented
13) How far do you ship? How do
we place an order?
We ship all over the
U.S. and internationally. Once you have a
desired style (log or timber), size ideas (mainly length),
call (715) 588-1241,
or email to
with your contact information and
phone #. If there is a photograph on our website that
coincides with your thoughts and ideas, let us know the
photo/name for our reference. Our
experienced staff is ready to assist you with your ideas
and design needs promptly and professionally.
14) Why should we buy from you
instead of another?
We have been producing rustic furnishings since 1979 - for
over 30 years! Very few can equal the
knowledge and skills that come with this experience.
Many styles of rustic mantels are available for you
to select from. Find wood mantles elegantly rustic or
extremely rustic. And in any size, length, texture, plus
options you desire. Color tones are also your choice!
Our mantels are larger than many others
in the mantel industry. Imagine having a
sizeable mantel shelf to decorate! Our antique timber
mantels average 6-6 Ĺ inches tall and 8-9 inches deep (not
2, 3 or 4 inches but we have made) and, we have larger or
- By studying our website, you will be able to identify a
quality product and make your best educated buying decision.
Compare Us-Ask for help in determining product
differences. Our commitment in
providing every single customer a quality product is one
of the highest standards in the industry.
We strive for 110% satisfaction!
And we have hundreds of testimonials to verify this.
We are a leader in the rustic wood
mantel handcrafting industry, furnishing high quality rustic
wood fireplace mantels. If you have further questions,
contact us anytime at (715)
588-1241.Thank you for your time visiting with
CONTACT US / HOW TO ORDER.
I truly wanted to thank you for all your assistance with the
purchase of our rustic timber mantel. We will highly recommend
Countree living to all our friends as we thought you provided
outstanding customer service and your attention to all details
was above and beyond what you get from most companies today. We
really appreciate you taking the time to send us a photo of the
stain colors so we could pick exactly what we wanted. You were
extremely accommodating in helping us make decisions and made it
a snap to order out of state, when this can easily be a
nightmare. In our opinion, this was a perfect buying experience!
F. & G. T.-Tampa, FL.
I received the mantle a few days ago and it is much nicer than
we ever expected. Everything is perfect with it, and we
appreciated the time you spent with us as well as the
craftsmanship that was involved in the making. I just wanted to
tell you thanks and that we are very pleased. T.W.-Hazlet,
The timber mantel arrived and we are absolutely thrilled with
the end result. Thank you for all of your hard work; it came out
better than we could have ever hoped. We love it!
J. & M. B. -Lexington, MA.
The best customer service Iíve ever experienced!! Far better
experience and communications than ever expected.
D.P. -Orlando, FL.
100% satisfied with customer service and product. Our rustic
mantel is more beautiful than we had hoped and expected.
Exceptional attention to details.
C.S.-Cortland, OH. Here
are a couple of pictures of our mantel. We would like to thank
for a beautiful addition to our fireplace. The Mantel is
gives our room the exact feel we were hoped for. Dealing with
you and your
Company has been a pleasure and I will refer Countree Living
I get. Again-thank you!
TO PLACE YOUR ORDER
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