How to rivet a Saxon door

The third door for the longhall nears completion. It is based on a late Saxon door from Hadstock church in Essex. The halved roundwood frame is secured to the 1″ oak planks using rivets and roves. The rivet heads use small roves as washers and at the other end, extra long roves are used to wrap around the semi-circular wood to help prevent them splitting. The rivets are sawn off, leaving just the thickness of the rivet above the rove. The rivet head underneath is held against the wood with a lump hammer and a ball peen hammer is used to flatted the other end of the rivet over the rove, the repeated hammer blows leaving a lovely dimpled pattern.