The original mantle is a very rough, split piece of pine.
They wanted something a bit more refined,,,, I will attach my piece with pegs, into the existing, after I cut off about 2" of the face.
I will still need to finish the bottom and the top surface but The top will have a very unique feature......
As for the Colorado workshop, it was in the beginning of August this past year at Tony Wish's place...
We had an annoucement here and on other forums...sorry you missed it,,,it was great.