Traditional Style Blackened Nuts, Bolts, Screws & Washers

Square head lag bolts, square head coach bolts, pyramid head screws, slotted head screws - these are all terms that you rarely hear at the local hardware store any more.

The world is full of pozi-drive, phillips head and torque screws - but you won’t find any of them here at Little Anvil. We supply a range of decorative traditional style black oxide anchors and hardware, predominantly to complement our range of industrial steel shelf brackets along with our other fixtures and fittings, but their application potential is endless.

Never again will you find yourself perusing the hardware store aisles thinking to yourself “these zinc fittings are going to stick out like a sore thumb, I’ll need to paint them”.

A Brief History

When machinists used cast iron and cruder forms of steel, square bolt heads were easier to make with the tools, metals and techniques of the time. Classic examples can be found on medieval doors, where the handle is fixed in place with square head bolts with the face of the door is decorated with them - a perfect visual for all the Game Of Thrones fans out there! As machinery became smaller and more compact, however, the hex head evolved to meet the need for more compact bolt heads.

The slotted screw was one of the first types to be developed, and for centuries it was the simplest and cheapest to make. The slotted screw is common in simple woodworking applications, but is not often seen in applications where power tools would be used as the driver tends to slip out of the head, potentially damaging the surrounding material.

Our Range

Our hardware comes in a black oxide finish. It is ideally suited for internal application and includes but is not limited to:

Square head lag bolts - Carriage bolts - Square head machine bolts - Slotted round head screws - Slotted oval countersunk screws - Pyramid head screws - Blackened dynabolts - Square nuts - Chain - S-hooks - Washers - Eye bolts

Shelf Bracket Screw Suggestion

Have you purchased some Little Anvil shelf brackets, or are you about to and need some help making a choice of hardware? Look no further.

If you are mounting your brackets into brick, concrete or block - we supply blackened head Dynabolts for both countersunk and non-countersunk holes that can be found here. If you are looking for a screw to go into timber/stud, we suggest our Oval Countersunk Screw, Round Slotted Screw or our Lag Bolt options.

Our bracket holes are designed to suit our #12  screws and our 1/4” lag bolts. The dimensions are all provided in mm and inches within dimensional drawings located on each product in the image gallery. For the wall mount, we'd suggest at least a 2" length in each option. For locating your shelving, the length will be dependant on your shelf thickness. Generally, they don't need to be too long as they will predominantly just locate the timber in place.

For example, if you have a 40mm thick shelf,  we'd suggest either a 1" or a 1-1/4" long fixing. This would give you either 20mm or 25mm of screw length going into the timber which should be ample to hold it in place.

You'll get the option to make the bracket holes countersunk or not once you add them to your cart. You just need to order the corresponding screws. If ordering our black oxide lag bolts, we suggest the use of a corresponding rub washer. You can find them here. Most timber framers insist on the use of a rub washer to avoid having to deal with a scrubbed finish - where the corners of the square heads come to bear on the last quarter-turn of the install. They are ideal for use with all of our square head lag bolts, square head machine bolts and square nuts.

Door Handle Screws

Pyramid Head Screws are decorative wood screws that attach hardware to doors, among other applications; hence the commonly used name - door screws. These are miniature square head lag screws, with a pyramid square head and no slot.

To complement our range of industrial door handles, we supply a range of vintage style industrial black oxide pyramid head screws. These come in a variety of sizes to suit various application such as furniture construction, woodworking projects, lighting design and any general vintage industrial jobs. These Pyramid head screws will create a more authentic appearance to your work. Find them here.

Our door handle holes are designed to fit our #12 pyramid head screw range - the length will be dependant on the thickness of your door frame. If you have any questions about our range of hardware, availability or need a suggestion - feel free to contact us.

Linear LED Lighting With Little Anvil's Timber Beam Pendant

Timber Beam Light No.1

How can modern lighting components be seamlessly integrated into authentic looking vintage industrial fittings whilst maintaining an ‘original’ feel?

Little Anvil’s range of Timber Beam Lights are linear LED pendants with an industrial twist. The old-worldly composition of timber and steel contrasts with the clean modern look of embedded LEDs in recessed aluminium extrusion. 

The steel work of our pendants is hand fabricated, blackened and sealed with linseed oil to provides a beautifully antiqued and aged finish. The rustic Cypress timber stock goes through a four stain process and is sealed with oil and wax. Each beam has the same colour tone but comes uniquely distressed. 

Efficiency of LED 

The LED strip we use has full dimming control and provides, on average, 2200 lumens per meter, making this fitting the perfect solution for decorative feature lighting or functional task lighting. We currently offer three different variations of the pendant with different dimming capabilities.

Wood Beam Pendant Light No.1 is supplied with the ability to dim via a 1-10v wall mounted dimmer, or choose not to dim.
Wood Beam Pendant Light No.1 - Integrated Dimmer features an onboard Art Deco style vintage dimmer built directly onto the timber - perfect for use over a bar or pool table.
Wood Beam Pendant Light No.1 - Remote Control Dimmer comes equipped with an RF 4 zone remote control with perfect flicker-free dimming from 1-100%. This is a great option if you have multiple lights you’d like to control via a single handset or don’t want to run extra wiring.


LED Colour Temperature

We currently offer 3 colour temperatures, cool white, natural white and warm white. Our cool white is an icy stark light coming in at 6000k. The natural LED strip provides a 4000k colour, getting as close as we can to natural daylight, whilst our warm white adds beautiful ambience at 3000k whilst still providing ample lumens.


As standard, our beam light comes with an overall drop height of 1500mm that can be adjusted shorter via the chain links. It can also be increased by using the options provided whilst ordering. The standard beam size is 90mm wide x 90mm high x 1200mm long. However, we can build these lights to other specific lengths or scale up to larger dimensions of timber, please contact us if you have an idea or require a custom build. All required lighting components come with either SAA, RCM for Australia and New Zealand, CE for Europe or UL listing for the US and Canada.


This light is perfectly suited for use in a multitude of environments. Due to the quality of light provided and warm tones of the wood, this would be ideal over a dining table, a bar counter, food service area, billiards or snooker table, passageway lighting or could be used in any environment that requires an authentic natural vintage look. It may also be suitable for use in areas where glass bulbs are not permitted and shatterproof requirements are in place.

We were recently engaged to provide multiple beam lights to be used at the recently opened Munich Brauhaus in Brisbane.  Designed by Inaspace and built by Unita Group, the base structure for the fit-out was the 1885 Allgas building in South Bank. The design was focused to highlight the eclectic combination of the bricks and to maintain the integrity of the heritage of the building.

By complementing the raw structure with a modern industrial look the division between old and new is striking whilst keeping true to the brand's identity.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our selection of Timber Beam Lights.

Custom Industrial Steel Shelf Brackets

Black steel shelf bracket on brick wall with wood shelf.

Little Anvil in Australia hand fabricates vintage industrial steel shelf brackets in a range of standard styles, sizes, and finishes. 

We also offer a range of "customisable depth" shelf brackets to allow straightforward ordering of brackets with specific dimensions not found in our standard sizes. Both of these products are easy to select and order worldwide from our web-store. Finally, we have the capability to supply full custom steel shelf brackets to any specification required

Customisable depth shelf bracket rendered drawing.

Standard Steel Shelf Bracket Range:

Our standard steel shelf brackets are made from 6mm (1/4") thick x 40mm  (1-9/16") hot rolled mild steel and suit 190mm (7-1/2"), 250mm (9-3/4"), and 300mm (11-3/4") deep shelves. Standard finishes include matte black, heat blackened, and antiqued and sealed. Static weight ratings range from 20-40kg (44-88lbs) each, so for example, use three heavy duty brackets on a shelf, and that's 120kg (265lbs) allowance.

Customisable Steel Shelf Bracket Range:

Choose from four styles and specify your own shelf depth from 150mm (6") to 350mm 13-3/4"). Refer to the drawings to help navigate your way to a custom depth bracket to suit your needs.

Black I-beam shelf bracket on vintage machinery.

Full Custom Steel Shelf Brackets:

We are frequently asked to manufacture custom designs to suit a customer's specific needs. We're more than happy to discuss your requirements.

Contact us with your shelf dimensions, finish requirements, and planned weight loads and we'll come back with a list of options and/or questions, and then provide you with a no-obligation dimensional drawing for approval. Once the design is finalised we will issue an invoice and after payment, proceed with the job. Shelf brackets generally take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to deliver depending on our current workload. Please ask us at the time of ordering about current lead times.

Advice On Installing Your Shelf Brackets:

The wall anchor you use and the structure it's fitted to are critical to the stability of your shelving. There is little use having ultra heavy duty shelf brackets, only for them to fail due to a weak fixing method. We recently introduced a range of vintage-style wood screws with various shaped heads including round, countersunk and pyramid. We have also introduced blackened 'Dynabolts' to suit masonry applications. These can be used to complement our brackets, and any other project you're involved in. We drill our brackets to suit our range of #12 screws. Have a look in our hardware section.

Here's a small selection of customer images featuring a range of our brackets and a little insight into how they are made.

Bolex Paillard Super 8 Movie Titler

We recently acquired a bulk lot of vintage photography and cinematography equipment from the family of a retired teacher. Movie and slide projectors, editing equipment, signage, lens' and enlargers were all brought back to the workshop - much of which is still in beautiful operating condition.

One of the items that really caught our eye was an immaculate condition 1955 Swiss made Bolex Paillard Super 8 Movie Titler, complete with accessory kit and original boxes. The Bolex allowed the user to shoot accurately framed title and credit sequences on an 8mm pocket sized camera for movie projects, long before the world had ever heard of Premier or even Windows Movie Maker... Text would be painstakingly laid out with felt letters on a black velvet background, with scrolling credit sequences even being able to be achieved using ingenious accessories. 

Whilst we've been concentrating on scratch built projects recently, rather than upcycled lighting - we couldnt help but rewire this item for use as a desk lamp as it's far too nice to be sitting around unused in a box. Some of the functionality has been lost as we have introduced a small junction box, but certain titling jobs could still be achieved with this beautiful piece of machinery.

You can find a link to our desk lamp here, and if photography lighting is something that interests you, maybe you'll like our feature pendant constructed out of a Leitz Wetzlar Focomat.

In the meantime, sit back and watch a kooky arty movie on how to use the Bolex as a titler below!