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Peg and Awl

American Made Since 2010

Margaux Kent & Walter Kent

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
We are husband and wife who design and build handmade treasures for the home, garden and body from reclaimed materials in Philadelphia, Penna.
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Tell us about your business.

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 built into wearable curiosities, inscribable keepsakes and useable, longlasting treasures. We used to make them for ourselves and now we make them for everyone. In late 2012, we moved our shoppe from our home into the olde Atlas Casket Company building in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia and have since been building an ever-growing Peg and Awl gang.

What makes your business stand out?

To make our wares, we gather materials from flea markets and old shoppes, abandoned houses and torn-down buildings, construction sites, yard sales, and dirty basements. Most of what we use—leather from baseball gloves and drawing-room chairs, and gun slings, pages from outdated medical texts and antique seed catalogs, misplaced photographs of people long gone, fabric from bedding, aprons, window covering—is more than a century old. Every item bears marks of a not-fully-known and not-quite-finished past.

What's the best business advice you've received?

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    Aug. 31, 2015

    Final day for entering the Audience Choice Award competition.

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    Oct. 19, 2015

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    Oct. 23, 2015

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    Nov. 7, 2015

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