Looks mint but I wouldn't part with 300 notes for it no disrespect to griff I am a builder so I under stand the amount of work that goes in to some things
I'm a builder to . My comparison would be we've done oak lintel beams for a few of fireplaces we've done . Most are just put straight in without any tweaks etc. One guy tho paid someone a few days wages to cut , notch , mould, sand, hack, stain etc and it looked beautiful . So amazing it's still in my mind . With the cost of the timber and the guys time spent manipulating it it would have been to expensive for most and as some have said on here it's to much . But one guy paid it and he has the nicest lintel over his fireplace I've seen . Might be expensive or overpriced but if you have the money sometimes money's just a number .
Welsh_red i am a builder too. Time served Joiner and Mason. (i just play in the shed making knives and things for a hobby) You hit the nail on the head there...most folk are just wanting the job done to a decent standard and the cheapest way possible. But every now and then someone comes along who know exactly what they want and as you say money is just a number.....funny Oak and natural stone/ slate usually figure in the equation.
Last one that comes to mind was a retired professor wanted this oak frame house, came straight to us as he knew we had the skilled labor for what he had in mind, no shopping around for the lowest price..... massive shaped oak framing all exposed inside, outside finished in natural stone, exposed stone gable/fireplace inside, natural flagstone floors, shop made oak stair/doors/kitchen,driveway natural sawn stone cobbles laid in patterns, raised natural stone planters/border wall to drive, welsh slate roof etc...you get the picture. Not a huge house but cots him a half a million....at least double if not three times what a standard house that size would cost and a figure he would never get back if he sold it. He was over the moon with the finished product because we had done everything he wanted....paid in full...no questions asked!