After calling around a few other fire place mantel companies, we called Sam in to give us a quote...wow! He knew exactly what we were trying to do. What really impressed us was his knowledge of dealing with this material and what the job would entail. His price was very competitive. I can't say enough positive things about the finished product. My advice to anyone who's thinking of doing this is you won't regret it and dealing with Sam was a treat. I just wished i had more fireplaces to do. I'm going to try and post pics in the near future.
Mike and Christine