This is a style that I have not worked in very much. A friend had been on to me for a couple of years to build a mantel for him. When he showed me a picture of this I fell in love with it. I found some curly red oak for this project. The back board is curly English brown oak. The fans on the pilasters are chemically stained. I used a lock miter to build the pilasters. I spent a lot of time turning the boards over and end for end to get the best reflection out of this curly oak. It took 150 hours to build this mantel.