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Meet : Walter Kent of Peg and Awl

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We are husband and wife with a boy called Søren and a boy called Silas. We live and work in Philadelphia, Penna. Our work is made from olde things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre, cut and pulled and bound into wearable curiosities, keepsakes and usable treasures. We used to make them for ourselves and now we make them for everyone.

We started Peg and Awl in January of 2009 after I returned from a year long tour in Iraq. Margaux had been asking me to make a tub caddy for our claw foot tub for a long time and when I returned I decided it was time. After an hour or so in my basement workshop I emerged with the Tub Caddy. Margaux was so excited and said that if she loved it so much others would as well.

We opened our Peg and Awl shop on etsy and have since been making things out of reclaimed materials from wood to leather for the home, garden and body. We love what we do, we love the search for materials and the story that they carry with them. Much of the wood comes from derelict homes or barns built in the 1800s, and the leather is from around the world like a chair seat from Holland made in the 1800s. Each piece has a story and we love to let the materials betray their past lives.

We built the studio in 2012 with the help of some family and friends. All the materials are reclaimed. The wood came from a derelict hardware store in Ephrata, PA built in 1897. The floor is from a 19th century barn and the huge window came from the front of my parents house. I spent many a cold winter night as a child, staring through the panes of that window fogging it up with my breath. The shop has an amazing feeling and Margaux thinks that we should move into it and turn our house into the studio.

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