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About Us
MENDOTA MANTELS ARE HAND MADE ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF BEAUTIFUL LAKE SUPERIOR, IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, USA.

WE ARE:
 
TOM SCHOELLER
Owner / Artisan
Toms Mission.
Tom getting ready to make a custom fireplace mantel from reclaimed timbersAfter practicing social work for 32 years, Tom decided to expand his love of trees, art, history, environmental advocacy, and housing into one new love - a  business  hand making fireplace mantels out of reclaimed antique  and aged timbers.  He's been at it now since 1999 and says "it's the perfect business for me to combine the things I'm most passionate about into one fun job". " I never grow tired working with my hands making beautiful fireplace mantels from what I call 'sacred wood'. That's pretty darn cool....!".  "After almost 20 years doing this,  I still think I get a bigger kick out of it then even my most enthusiastic customers ."  
After living in St. Paul, MN for most his life, he recently moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the South Shore of Lake Superior into an "off the grid / green" home and shop he built out of mostly reclaimed materials.  
He still travels to The Twin Cities regularly to visit family and friends and of course, to deliver mantels.   
Tom says, "This present 2019 line of fifty! mantels is the biggest and best show I've ever presented at one time".  The mantels are divided into two lines. Olde Growth Woods and Mendota Mantels.  OGW are pieces made from historic antique reclaimed timbers.  MM are pieces made from air aged newer timbers.  "My intention for this show is to present a wide variety of prices and eclectic styles, from refined to rustic that showcase both the unique quality of the material and the best workmanship I can produce".
Enjoy this 2019 show of our latest new mantels! 

Dan pic for home page 3-07Dan Guion 
Dan  has been an artist for most of his life.  He is also a natural carpenter, designer, fisherman, editor, security officer, and a pretty darn good singer and musician. 
He prides himself on doing high quality woodwork that is creative, well constructed, and beautiful. "If Dan makes it, it will be made right" says Schoeller, Mendota Mantel's owner.
Dan enjoys making 'out of the box' mantels that honor the history of the antique wood he says he's "lucky to work with".  "Dan's positive creative influence in our studio has been immeasurable - Dan's the real thing" adds Schoeller.
Although Dan's not been involved making mantels for us recently, his influence on what we make in our shop is irreplaceable.  So...He's still part of the team and part of who we are here. Hopefully, we might be able to convince him to turn out a few more pieces for us again soon!


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OLDE GROWTH WOODS
Location:
E6638 Maple Creek Road
Black River Harbor,
Ironwood, Michigan, 49938
(formally of Highland Park St. Paul, MN)
 

Please call 651 271 7544 or email   tomschoeller@gmail.com
We ship most anywhere in USA   
Contact us at: tomschoeller@gmail.com
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