The sample nails we received while made in traditional manner are not IMO exactly what we need/want. The heads are not round and broad but rather have 2 sides which are straight thus reducing the surface area on two sides. These would it appears be made to sink into the wood and then not spin. OK but not what they should be. Either we will find someone to make nails from scratch or perhaps these can be used with a reheat and proper head forming done. It would, if this is possible, save a lot of work for a blacksmith versus starting with raw rod/bar.

The pine tar is due here tomorrow. It is appropriately enough a product of Sweden and distributed by Viking sales 🙂 Pine tar comes in different varieties. Differences being how its cooked and what may be extracted or not. Type used for soaps and some antiseptic needs is made in a closed (no oxygen) kiln with impurities removed. This to eliminate potential carcinogens from forming. Another is made likewise but not refined as much and the atmosphere in the kiln isn’t as regulated so some carcinogens may be in it. This is usually what is used for horse hoofs to treat them and other open sores/wounds and some stains/paints. Last but for us definitely not least is open kiln with only crude chunks filtered out. This has various oils, tars, etc in it just like back in the day when our ancestors used it. This version is great for sealing and protecting wood along with imparting a dark stain to it. Rubber gloves should be worn while using but one should really wear protective gear with any paint or solvent, even water-based, IMO.