The history, technology, and structure of fireplaces and mantles are discussed in this updated edition. A full discussion of wood and gas-fired fireplaces helps builders decide which model works best for them. Two detailed projects, carving a western-themed mantle and installing a classic mantle, provide practical direction for constructing a mantle from start to finish. A full-colour idea gallery with dimensioned original drawings, photographs, and detailed close-ups offers inspiration for choosing the perfect mantle design. Featured styles include Art Nouveau, Country French, and English Traditional. A helpful appendix of dealers and suppliers throughout Canada and the United States completes this guide to designing and installing a fireplace and mantle unit.