I just bought some hand-made wrought iron nails on a whim and can’t wait to incorporate them into a project of some sort. Each one is like a little work of art. lol I’m having trouble imagining where the use of nails would be appropriate in the kind of woodwork projects featured on this site though. Seems that good joinery obviates the need for nails.
Can anyone help me out? I work mainly in pine, which seems would suit using nails from a visual standpoint at least.
Wrought nails were a feature in 16th / 17th century British joinery. Much of it in those days was in Oak as opposed to pine, but it was very effective as a lot of it is still with us after 300 years.
One problem with using iron in contact with Oak is that there will likely be a reaction with the tannic acids in Oak, but that should not happen with pine.
A legacy in the New World were the skills taken to New England, particularly as many skilled craftsmen transferred their skills there during and after the Civil Wars.
There is an extensive blog that explores that style of joinery written by Peter Follansbee; https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/
It has been on line for a number of years and if you explore backwards you will find references to wrought nails in his work – as well as other skills.
Hope that it helps….