Peg And Awl: #75
Old items carry the weight of years. Though they can't speak, they tell us their stories in imperfections. Years of wear and tear create a patina of the past, something that is all too often overlooked in favor of the shiny and new. But Pennsylvania artisans Margaux and Walter Kent recognize the beauty of weathered goods.
Why We Love It!
Peg and Awl is the charming online shop of Margaux and Walter Kent, a husband-and-wife team who have turned their passion for antiquing into a lovely business. The shop specializes in handmade pieces made from leather and wood, including the beautiful Reclaimed Wood Tub Caddy (shown above). Constructed from a reclaimed oak beam from a hardware store built in Lancaster County, the caddy is a luxurious way to turn a quick soak into a truly transcendental experience. And that's not all they've got: Peg and Awl also stocks recycled wood candle hollers, desk caddies, chalkboard tablets, jewelry, clothes and accessories.
Every piece at Peg and Awl has a story. Many of the items are made from old growth pine beams, which the Kents rescue from buildings in the Philadelphia area. These pieces of sturdy wood date back to the 19th century and, according to the couple, they "still bare the beautiful marks of a life past, such as hard cute nails, blackened nail holes, knots and saw marks."
While we adore running our hands along an old, weathered piece of timber, we immediately fell in love with the Waxed Canvas Tote. Made from vintage fabric, the gorgeous bag boasts leather straps and antique closures. The short leather handles were made from World War II military rifle slings and the shoulder strap was crafted from a Swedish gun sling. It's the perfect unisex carryall—tough, utilitarian, and made with love.