Testimonials

It is absolutely gorgeous!

“Our Mendota Mantel was delivered today. It is absolutely gorgeous! We are so pleased with it! Thank you VERY
MUCH!”
Stephanie and Dustin Love – Houston, Texas

Stephanie and Dustin Love

This is so much more…I can’t thank you guys enough.

“Thanks so much for your help and support. We think there is ‘magic’ and ‘spirituality’ to our new theater because of the ‘tipi sculpture’. With all the issues we had to overcome, as well as your sweat and blood, we all may have wondered at one time or another whether the timber frame would be worth it. I now firmly believe that all the effort is the reason the piece is so special. If it were easy, it would just be another piece of architecture. This is so much more…I can’t thank you guys enough.
Best wishes to everyone at Mendota Mantels / Old Growth Woods”
Robert Blaser, Michael Graves and Associates Architects, New York, New York

Robert Blaser
Michael Graves and Associates Architects

Thanks so much for taking the time to makesomething very special.

“We were in Vail skiing for x-mas so did not even know that the mantel was here but it is perfect, we just love
it! Thanks so much for taking the time to make something very special. I will send you a picture as
soon as the room is complete and the mantel is up.”
Katherine Urness – Orono, Minnesota

Katherine Urness

They were creative, hardworking, timely with their work, and great fun to work with.

“Mendota Mantels created two beautiful mantels out of White Oak for my timber frame home in Excelsior, MN. They also created three exceptionally beautiful White Oak Newell Posts for the main stairway that were hand carved. They were creative, hardworking, timely with their work, and great fun to work with. We are working with them again on another timber frame project, and hope to do many more”.
Nancy Bausman, Birch Creek Properties and Dan  Larkin, Larkin Construction

Nancy Bausman

The color is so rich and the finish so brilliant.

“We were so impressed with the personalized attention we got to create the perfect mantel for our new home. It was made from
a beautiful piece of 600 year old yellow pine. The color is so rich and the finish so brilliant. It has so much history and
character, and is a great conversation piece in the center of our home.”
Tom and Chanda – Excelsior, Minnesota

Tom and Chanda

high quality, custom mantels

“We are so pleased with the high quality, custom mantels that Mendota Mantels created for us. We were given the opportunity
to choose from unique and rare historical pieces of wood that have a “story.” We get lots of compliments from friends and family
on the beauty and the quality of the mantels. We enjoy telling the story of where they came from.”
Jason and Randi Stelter – Lakeville, Minnesota

Jason and Randi Stelter

We love it and get lots of compliments.

I don’t think I ever sent you the photos of our mantel after we installed it! Here they are.
You may think that we installed it upside down, but there would have been a gap at the back had we reversed it, and I think it looks great this way.
We love it and get lots of compliments on it and always brag about you and how you went the extra mile for us.
Sincerely,
Peggy Zachariou
Carpenteria, CA
Peggy Zachariou

The mantel is simply stunning.

The room is finally done, and the mantel is simply stunning. We’ve received many compliments and enjoy telling the reclaimed beam’s history!
We’ve attached a picture of the room and would be honored to have it featured on your website, if you so desire.
Kind regards,
Michael Foster
Michael Foster

It is magnificent!

“Our ‘heritage’ mantel arrived safely. It is magnificent! Our families entire history is documented on it through your beautiful carvings. It’s just what we dreamed of!  We can’t thank you enough! We’ll send more pictures when it’s up. More later….”
– Susan Metzgler,
Denver, Colorado
Susan Metzgler

It was great co-designing with you. 

“Here’s a picture of my new mantel.  It was great co-designing with you.  The piece is perfect for our new room. We love telling it’s old story”
Lisa Kirwin
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lisa Kirwin

We love the mantel.

“We love the mantel.  Everyone who sees it comments on the beauty and uniqueness of it.  It truly makes a wonderful family treasure – so much so in fact that we had the mantel installed in a way that we can remove it (and replace with a standard mantel) in case we ever move – – we could not possibly leave this beautiful piece of art behind!  Working with you was such a pleasure in finding the perfect piece of reclaimed wood, a picture of a boat to carve, and then personalizing it with the name etc. Even the water carving is beautiful in that it takes advantage of the natural wood grain to add texture.
Thank You and Best Wishes for 2011 and beyond.”

Thanks for the design consult. We love it.

 “Attached are a few photos of our mantel with post. The install went well.  Thanks for the design consult. We love it. I’ll send more pictures.”
Greg and Sharlyn
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Greg & Sharlyn

It’s really VERY beautiful!

“The mantel looks and feels ‘sensual’.
It’s really VERY beautiful!” 
Tom and Mary Guion,
St. Paul, MN
Tom and Mary Guion

It looks awesome!  I love telling my family about it’s history and how you made it by burning it.

“Here are some pictures of our mantel.
It looks awesome! 
I love telling my family about it’s history and how you made it by burning it.
I am sending three more pictures.”
  – Connie Doren
     Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Connie Doren

It’s a great conversation piece!

“We were so impressed with the personalized attention we got to create the perfect mantel for our new home. It has so much history and character. It’s a great conversation piece!”
  –  The Lyon Family,
      Excelsior, Minnesota.
The Lyon Family

It really is gorgeous.

“Our mantel arrived in good shape and installed without a hitch.  It really is gorgeous. I knew we could get a contemporary mantel made from antique wood! 
It is indeed special. 
Let me know if you’d like more  pictures.”
– Jennifer Kano,
  San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Kano

Thanks again for such a great piece.

“Here’s some pictures of our new Mendota Mantel.  Thanks again for such a great piece. We love it, and as you can see, it looks terrific in our family room.” 
Christina  Cabrera, 
Eagan, Minnesota
Christina  Cabrera

In short, we love it!

“Attached are a few pictures of our mantel made from the old barn beam.
In short, we love it!”
  – Geoff High
    Denver, Colorado
Geoff High

No one could have done it better!

“Here’s some photos of our three sided fireplace.  Thank you so much for the consultations and fine fine work.  No one could have done it better!”

We love it. It is just what we wanted

“Here are some pictures of our mantel. 
We love it.
It is just what we wanted”
– Paul and Rachel Little
   San Diego, California
Paul and Rachel Little

We love our mantel.

“We love our mantel.  It is the perfect center to our room and a very lovely piece of art.”
– Scott and Carrie Kokoska
  Broomfield, Colorado
Scott and Carrie Kokoska

Great working with you!

“I will send you more fantastic pictures of the mantels and timbers used throughout our home.  I know you will be as pleased as we are.  Great working with you!
 –  Bill Coffman
    Brainard, Minnesota
“Here’s another picture of the outside mantel with your reclaimed timbers and lumbers.
It all worked wonderfully.
More pictures to come.
Thanks again Mendota Mantels.”
 –  Bill Coffman,
    Brainard, MN
Bill Coffman

The mantel is installed and it looks absolutely beautiful!

“The mantel is installed and it looks absolutely beautiful! It’s the star of our living room!
Here’s a few pictures for you.
Feel free to use them any way you’d like.  Thanks again!”
 – Scott and Marianne Goebl
   Carmichael, California
Scott and Marianne Goebl

We absolutely love and cherish it. 

“Here’s a photo of our new mantel piece. I wish the ‘etching’ showed up better in the picture.   We absolutely love and cherish it.  We know it is very special. We love telling it’s story! I insist you accept this little extra.”
– Patty Kritta,
  Brainard Area Lakes, MN
Patty Kritta

Thank you for making our lovely new mantels.

“Thank you for making our lovely new mantels.
All three worked out very well.  Here is a photo of the bedroom piece from the ‘Old Globe’.  We’ll send more photos of the others too.  Thanks again Mendota Mantels!”

  –  The Johnson Family
      Marquette, Michigan.
The Johnson Family

It is absolutely beautiful!

“The mantel arrived in good shape, I was on site yesterday to check it out, it is absolutely beautiful! Thank you!!!”
    –  Chris Todd – Marquette, Michigan
Chris Todd

Thanks again.

“Here are some more photos of our reclaimed hemlock mantel.  The guys hung it 15” above the fire box.
Thanks again.” 
 
  – The Stedman’s  
     Denver, Colorado 
The Stedman's  

The mantel turned out great. My Dad couldn’t wait to install it!

“Hi Mendota Mantels. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. The mantel turned out great. My Dad couldn’t wait to install it! They love talking about it and have already received many compliments. Here’s a picture of it. And Thanks again.”   

– Erin Weber

Erin Weber

The mantel is beautifully carved.

“The mantel is beautifully carved.
I love telling friends and family about it’s “Big Jo” history.
Thank you for the many consultations and the great work.
I love it.”
  – Mike McCarthy,
    Wabasha, Minnesota
Mike McCarthy

It looks real good.

“Our new display mantel is installed.
It looks real good.
Thanks for working with us.”
  – Tim 
    Jordan, Minnesota
Tim

We really love the work you did and the mantel is everything we were hoping for.

“I snapped a couple of pics for you. We really love the work you did and the mantel is everything we were hoping for. Thanks again for all your upfront work and for the awesome mantel.”
  – Peter and Mer VanOene
    San Diego, California
Peter and Mer VanOene

Thanks again for the great mantel!

“Here are a couple of mantel pics for you guys. Thought you’d like to see some of my work too. The pottery is wood fired and the bowls are turned. Thanks again for the great mantel!
– J. Chianelli
  Shakopee, Minnesota 
J. Chianelli

Thanks for the special piece.

“Here’s a picture of our ‘new – old’ mantel from the old Steiger Camp. As you can see, it’s a perfect fit.  Thanks for the special piece.  My wife and I love telling the story of it’s fascinating history.”
-John Hellman
 Bessemer, Michigan
John Hellman

It looks terrific! Thank you for all your help.

“We just wanted to share a picture of our new mantel.
It looks terrific!
Thank you for all your help.”
 -Brant and Laura Lieske
  Chicago, Illinois
Brant and Laura Lieske

The grain – etching is magnificent.  The story is amazing!

“Here’s a picture of our third mantel piece from you. The grain – etching is magnificent.  The story is amazing! Also sending another of some of our timbers and panelingfrom the Old Globe Grain Elevator. More pics coming.”
– Bill Coffman,
   Brainard, Minnesota
Bill Coffman

We are very pleased. It was great working with you.

“We thought you’d like to see a shot of our mantel wall. We are very pleased. It was great working with you. Keep up the good work!”
– The Wiplinger’s
On the Mississippi, Minnesota
The Wiplinger's

our beautiful mantle up and surrounded by fantastic stone work!

Greetings Tom!

Lookee here…our beautiful mantle up and surrounded by fantastic stone work! I haven’t seen her uncovered yet. This pic is my first glance, If I do say so myself, my taste is excellent, paralleled only by the maker’s craftsmanship! As soon as we get up there we’ll send more pics…Jed sent us this one. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Bob and Deb,
Wakefield,  Michigan
Bob and Deb

We absolutely love it. 

Tom,
I had someone ask us about our beautiful reclaimed wood mantel this weekend – so I gladly shared your contact information and website with them. However – I realized that I never actually sent you the photos I’d planned to send! I’m attaching a “before” and “after” photo.Unfortunately – the warmth and beauty of the actual wood beam is hard to capture in these photos – partly because the beam is so long that it barely fits in the camera screen! But we absolutely love it.
All the Best,
Trent Lewis
Mpls. MN
Trent Lewis

We’re wild about it!

 “Our mantel is installed the way you suggested.
Now we can take it with us when we move. We also took your advice and added the back- lighting while we were at it. We’re wild about it!”
– Kevin S. and Mary Kay F.
  Shoreview, Minnesota
Kevin S. and Mary Kay F.

Thank you for working with us.

Hello Mendota Mantels
It’s been bittersweet, but we are now in Seattle which is where we wanted to move back to. Although Nicole and I always say how much we miss our fireplace and mantel, which we did not get much time to use. Oh well, we are renting right now and hoping to buy in a year or so, so maybe we will be contacting you for another mantel, very similar style.  Thank you for working with us.  It was great while it lasted.
Andy and Niclole, Mpls. MN
Andy and Niclole