Bid for Mantle Seems High
We have a very contemporary fireplace and plan to use wenge for the mantle. The mantle is designed as 3 inches high, 11 1/2 feet long, and 16 inches wide. It's supposed to look like a solid wood slab and will be constructed sort of like a bowling alley (strips of wood on their edge).
The price we got from the woodworking place was $3,500. Does that seem high?
Would a wenge veneer be acceptable (looks-wise)?