The Matthew

The Matthew was the boat used by John Cabot to sail from Bristol, England, in 1497 to discover Newfoundland in Canada. In 1997, 500 years later, an authentic replica of the Matthew repeated the voyage.

Glasgow Steel Nail Co was commissioned to produce bronze cut nails similar in shape and material to the nails used to build the original Matthew in 1497.

Phosphor bronze plate was used which had to be heated to allow the dense material to be cut and shaped successfully. The end result was a darkened golden nail that closely resembled the hand-made nail of that time, yet was sufficiently robust to do its job of providing a very secure timber to timber fixing.     View picture of the nail

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