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Hit the Nail on the Head


On our outing with the Young Old Fogeys last Saturday, we checked out the Carriage Room Museum, which once housed carriages for the family who established Folgers Coffee. The museum was small but had a lot of interesting tidbits about the once-upon-a-time Folger estate as well as local history of Woodside, California.

An item called "Cut Nails" caught my eye. According to the exhibit's label, iron nails were made by hand until the late 1700s. A tradesman, called a slater, cut specific sizes of nails from iron, after which another tradesman, called the nailer, formed the nail heads and points on his anvil.

Look at how skinny these nails are and how tiny their heads are!


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  1. It's amazing how many things that are made by machine nowadays were once made by hand.

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  2. I had idea that Folger was established in California and the Cut Nails board is fascinating. What great workmanship! Thanks so much for sharing these.

    -Soma

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  3. Oh those nails are difficult to make, can't imagine how the nail for Christ was made!

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  4. Very unusual nails! How cool.

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    1. That's what I thought, too. Unusual, not at all like the nails we buy today.

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  5. Must of been a pain to make those nails by hand

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    1. Can you imagine the concentration a nailer needed? Lose focus, Ouch!

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  6. Interesting. Sounds like you had a good visit.

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    1. It was fun, especially when going through the museum with friends.

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  7. I remember watching a blacksmith make nails to fix a horseshoe (which he had also made) to a horse's hoof ... fascinating. :)

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    1. I love the sound blacksmiths make. Ting. Ting. Ting. I

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  8. First of all, I love the name Young Old Fogeys! If I lived near you I would join your group! Those nails are interesting. Pretty sure I'd end up with a purple thumb.

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