[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWhen we think about hardware, one just assumes it’s been around forever. But did you know that in early Colonial America most hardware was made of wood? It’s true! Metal hardware had to be imported from Europe which was very expensive. Without raw materials available, colonists utilized the most plentiful resource they had at the time, wood. A major discovery of iron deposits in the Connecticut Valley in the early 1700’s would change all that. With raw material now readily available to them, New England blacksmiths were able to create simple, more effective thumb latches and hinges made of wrought iron, thus beginning the long tradition of American made hardware.