Timeless Maine Craftsmanship.

Hand-Hewn Beams, Mantels, and Live-Edge Cutting Boards.

A Brief History of Hand-Hewing

Maine Hand-Hewn Mantels

I hand-hew round logs into square beams using only an axe. I also carry reclaimed barn beams from the 1800s. Call or email to set up an appointment to visit my barn workshop in Cumberland to find your perfect mantel from 50 + beams in stock.

Hand-Hewn Structural Beams

  • Structural Beam Process: Part I

  • How we turned a client's logs into structurally-rated hand-hewn beams.
  • Raw Materials

  • In this case I used the client's own logs from the house site.
  • Timeline

  • Using only an axe and a broad axe, I hewed thirty logs into beams in a month.
  • Beams met structural engineer's recommended dimensions.

  • Large Beams were Hewn On Site

  • This minimized transportation costs.
  • Client Beams included Pine, Cherry, and Oak

Structural Beam Process: Part I

How we turned a client's logs into structurally-rated hand-hewn beams.

Raw Materials

In this case I used the client's own logs from the house site.

Timeline

Using only an axe and a broad axe, I hewed thirty logs into beams in a month.

Beams met structural engineer's recommended dimensions.

Large Beams were Hewn On Site

This minimized transportation costs.

Client Beams included Pine, Cherry, and Oak

Testimonial: Jeff Tillinghast, Owner and Principal of First Chair Carpentry, LLC

  • Structural Beam Process: Part II

  • NeLMA sent a field grader who rated every hand-hewn beam for structural purposes. They all passed.
  • Arborist Moved Smaller Beams

  • The same arborist who took down the trees also brought the logs to my shop and delivered them back to client.
  • Beams were put up Green by the Contractor

  • They dried for six months prior to sheetrocking.
  • I Can Hand-Hew Any Size Beam

  • Small beams, large beams, sometimes even curved beams.
  • Carpenters Scribed 8x8 Joists to the 12x12 Carrying Beam

  • It's Amazing What You Can Do with an Axe

Structural Beam Process: Part II

NeLMA sent a field grader who rated every hand-hewn beam for structural purposes. They all passed.

Arborist Moved Smaller Beams

The same arborist who took down the trees also brought the logs to my shop and delivered them back to client.

Beams were put up Green by the Contractor

They dried for six months prior to sheetrocking.

I Can Hand-Hew Any Size Beam

Small beams, large beams, sometimes even curved beams.

Carpenters Scribed 8x8 Joists to the 12x12 Carrying Beam

It's Amazing What You Can Do with an Axe

Important Note about Custom Projects:

  • Hand-Hewing Process

  • Or, how to turn a round tree into a square beam using only an axe. (Photos by Brian Threlkeld)
  • Marking ends and running chalk lines.

  • Hewing to the line.

  • Jogging out billets between cuts.

  • Smoothing with broad axe.

  • Keep craft alive.

Hand-Hewing Process

Or, how to turn a round tree into a square beam using only an axe. (Photos by Brian Threlkeld)

Marking ends and running chalk lines.

Hewing to the line.

Jogging out billets between cuts.

Smoothing with broad axe.

Keep craft alive.

Testimonial: Doug and Mela Heestand

Birdseye Maple Boards

Esteemed for its endless interplay of pattern and light, Birdseye maple occurs in only 1 out of every 200 hard maple trees.

Birdseye Maple Boards

  • Birdseye Maple Cutting Board #1 -- 8 1/2"x15"
    Birdseye Maple Cutting Board #1 -- 8 1/2
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    $99.00
  • Birdseye Maple Cutting Board -- 7 3/4"x20"
    Birdseye Maple Cutting Board -- 7 3/4
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    $99.00
  • Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4"x15"
    Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4
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    $69.00
  • Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board #1 -- 12x24"
    Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board  #1 -- 12x24
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    $159.00
  • Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board -- 8 1/2" x 41"
    Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board -- 8 1/2
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    $199.00
  • Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board -- 34"
    Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board -- 34
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    $169.00
  • Birdseye Maple Cutting Board #2 -- 8 1/2"x15"
    Birdseye Maple Cutting Board #2 -- 8 1/2
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    $99.00
  • Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4"x18"
    Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4
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    $79.00
  • Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4"x20"
    Birdseye Maple Cheese Board -- 5 3/4
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    $89.00
  • Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board #2 -- 12"x24"
    Birdseye Maple Charcuterie Board  #2 -- 12
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    $159.00

Single-Slab Pizza Paddles

Different than pizza peels, pizza paddles are used to cut and serve pizza.

Single-Slab Pizza Paddles

  • Walnut Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
    Walnut Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
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    $99.00
  • European Steamed Beech Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
    European Steamed Beech Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
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    $89.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
    Ambrosia Maple Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
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    $99.00
  • Spalted Maple Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
    Spalted Maple Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
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    $99.00
  • Cherry Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
    Cherry Single-Slab Pizza Paddle
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    $99.00

Ambrosia Maple Boards

Exquisite natural staining means that no two boards are alike.

Ambrosia Maple Boards

  • Ambrosia Maple Paddle Cutting Board -- Large
    Ambrosia Maple Paddle Cutting Board -- Large
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    $75.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9x15
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    $75.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Charcuterie Board -- 9x20"
    Ambrosia Maple Charcuterie Board -- 9x20
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    $95.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Charcuterie Board -- 10x20"
    Ambrosia Maple Charcuterie Board -- 10x20
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    $95.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x15
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    $65.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x12"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x12
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    $55.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cheese Board -- Medium
    Ambrosia Maple Cheese Board -- Medium
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    $49.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Paddle Cutting Board -- Medium
    Ambrosia Maple Paddle Cutting Board -- Medium
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    $60.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 8.5"x12"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 8.5
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    $59.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 8.5"x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 8.5
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    $70.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 10"x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 10
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    $89.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9.75"x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9.75
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    $85.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9.5"x15"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 9.5
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    $79.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x18"
    Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board -- 7x18
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    $75.00
  • Ambrosia Maple Cheese Board -- Large
    Ambrosia Maple Cheese Board -- Large
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    $69.00

Resin Boards

Epoxy Resin paired with Maine hardwoods creates gorgeous boards that are functional works of art.

Resin Boards

  • Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #3
    Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #3
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    $59.00
  • Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #2
    Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #2
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    $59.00
  • Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #1
    Cherry Copper and Ebony Trivet/Cutting Board #1
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    $59.00
  • Cherry Cookie Cheese Board
    Cherry Cookie Cheese Board
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    $99.00
  • Green Double Mark and Maple Charcuterie Board
    Green Double Mark and Maple Charcuterie Board
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    $139.00
  • Green River and Maple Charcuterie Board
    Green River and Maple Charcuterie Board
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    $129.00
  • Green Whirl and Maple Charcuterie Board
    Green Whirl and Maple Charcuterie Board
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    $159.00
  • Copper Resin and Maple Charcuterie Board
    Copper Resin and Maple Charcuterie Board
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    $159.00
  • Maple and Rose Resin Charcuterie Board
    Maple and Rose Resin Charcuterie Board
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    $159.00

Hand-Hewn Trencher Bowls

Roughed out with an adze, these traditional bowls serve as beautiful centerpieces or show-stopping fruit bowls.

Hand-Hewn Trencher Bowls

  • Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #4
    Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #4
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    $199.00
  • Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #3
    Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #3
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    $225.00
  • Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #2
    Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #2
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    $225.00
  • Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #1
    Hand-Hewn Organic Form Pine Trencher Bowl #1
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    $199.00
  • Hand-Hewn Organic Form Cherry Trencher Bowl
    Hand-Hewn Organic Form Cherry Trencher Bowl
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    $399.00
  • Hand-Hewn Walnut Trencher Bowl
    Hand-Hewn Walnut Trencher Bowl
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    $129.00

Renaissance Timber, LLC Values:

Craftsmanship, Sustainability, Generosity, Hospitality.

Steve Smith, Owner of Renaissance Timber, LLC

Hewing Broad Axe

Location

Contact Info and Hours:

renaissancetimberllc@gmail.com
207-370-5205 (Google Voice)

278 Tuttle Road
Cumberland, Maine

By appointment only:

Mon - Fri, 1pm - 6pm
Saturday, 9am - 1pm
Sunday, Closed

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