November 2021

Nailmaking in the Eighteenth Century

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. 64 no. 4, December 2011 by Kenneth Schwarz Colonial Williamsburg is currently reconstructing James Anderson’s Revolutionary War-period blacksmith shop and public armoury using material prepared by Colonial Williamsburg tradesmen—carpenters, joiners, brickmakers, and blacksmiths. Among those materials are nails for siding, roofing, and flooring. About 30,000 nails will be needed to …

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