I am making some peg boards to install in my home in a few strategic places. And perhaps the whole house some day! I have taken inspiriting from those shaker communities that adorned there homes with pegs in boards at picture rail height to hang all of the belongings from candles to chairs. Everything out in the open, easy to see and readily accessible. I think in most homes one could find room to add such a simple storage device.
I chose oak boards and dowels from the home center. I made some special little wedges of poplar and glued in the pegs with the grain orientated like wedging chair legs as to not cause splitting. I am hoping for a long life with no loose pegs.
Taking some inspiration from the beading-mania sweeping the nation I too put a small bead at the top and bottom of the board.
I had some leather scraps from another project and came up with these little leather shoes or pads for my holdfasts seen here hanging under my workbench. Now that my holdfast are wearing shoes they rarely get used without them and everything I hold suffers less damage. I have seen similar leather pads used by other craftspeople, but this is of my own design. However as old as the holdfast is I am sure that generations before me found similar and familiar forms to protect their work.
This is one of my first peach pit monkeys made the way I was taught with his tail in his mouth, and his hands and feet holding his tail.
When I was a young man my cousin helped me understand how to carve peach pits into a monkeys. His father and grandfather(my great grandfather) use to entertain themselves by whittling on old peach pits. Well I took to making them too and in peach season I still look for great big pits to dry and save to carve on. I have made them for friends and family over the years and have see some on the internet in different forms. Some claimed, “a hobo made them during the great depression”. My great grandfather was whittling on one when he met his future wife. She was impressed and he gave it to her as a gift. After they where married they had it plated in gold and she wore it as a pendant on a necklace. This all happen in rural South Carolina and I am glad to share and carry on this subtle folk art tradition.