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Rick sent us this link to an interesting history of nails compiled by the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association.  My first experience blacksmithing was making square nails — much like some of those in the picture above — and I found this to be a great read.

If you’d like to hear more about this kind of blacksmithing, zip back and check out Tool Talk Podcast #3 where we’re joined by our friend (and artisan blacksmith) Ray Robinson.

All About Nails [Appalachian Blacksmiths Association]


3 Responses to A History Of Nails, Blacksmith-Style

  1. Freddie says:

    Why were you making nails?

  2. Bob Patrick says:

    Hmm, having made tens of thousnads of nails by hand, and written an article in 1976 on nailmaking for Early American Life, I’d say that those are a cut nail display from Tremont Nail Company, the oldest nailmaking company in the USA, but definately not handmade nails. They’ve been in business since, I believe, about 1805.

  3. Michelle says:

    i have some of these nails in my house my house is 127 years old its so cool ^_^

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