After countless redesigns, poor miters and endless delays (the cobblers children have no shoes), I finally have my new mantle. It is a maple stained cherry and created with multiple crown moldings coupled with a dental design and ogee edged 1 1/2" thick tops and bottoms. I've had the corbels for over a year. As for the cost...I don't want to think about it. I am very happy and now have to think about what to place upon it. Oma's saying doesn't look as good as it did on the old mantle.
The tile work was done by our tile setter, Ed and Glen built and installed the mantle. The design was my own.