I found this beautiful carved piece of wood at a furniture store I've driven by many times. I have always wanted one, and the very nice guy who works there made me an offer too good to pass up.
The piece is carved horizontally so I can't lean it against the wall as in the picture. I would like to hang it on the wall but I have no idea how to do so.
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You will need some seriously substantial mounting hardware to hang this baby on the wall. Visit your local hardware store and ask for metal brackets which will hold 80 lbs and which can also be attached to those notches. With something this heavy you should attach the brackets to the wall's framing, so if you're not up for a job this involved, bring in a pro. (Most local hardware stores will be able to recommend someone.)
But we really loved your idea of turning this treasure into a totally unique console table. The custom carpentry team over at Stumasa will be able to fashion a simple wooden console table base to your specifications, and you can top it with your panel and a sheet of glass (they'll cut it to size for you at Acacia Glass), which is next to Stumasa.