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clothes pegs

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:05 pm

I made some clothes pegs, often referred to as gypsy pegs. I have never made them before and only did so so I can teach Dan how to make them. Many years ago I did watch a gypsy at the Tilford Rural life museum make them and was very impressed with the speed and dexterity of his hands.
Does anyone have any stories about these pegs, the people who made them, how many could be made in a day or defined time period. How much they were sold for? I have done a wee bit of research about these pegs and not really found much.
I know we have members on this forum from around the world, do you have any info or stories?
Has anyone found any reference to them in any books?

Again was it just the travelling folk that made them or is there any evidence of them being made in workshops, that is before they were manufactured in quantity.
If anyone would like me to do a tutorial maybe I could do one, that if there is any interest.
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These are made from hazel both green and seasoned.
Cut out a strip of a coke or beer can and tack into place.
Split the peg and carve out the inside, tapering the ends.
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Re: clothes pegs

Postby paul atkin » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:38 pm

phone me matey, am working at the moment in education with the peg education group, theres a guy there who knows it all

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Re: clothes pegs

Postby Brian Williamson » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:58 pm

I make them occasionally, having once watched someone make them at a show. On such little bits of information are great edificies of knowledge built!

There were two things that I remembere: that the metal strip had a pointed end that was pushed into a small slit opened up by the tip of the knife. The strip was then wound round one and a half times and tacked on the opposite side to the slit.

The other thing was that he opened the split (which was at right angles to the slit and tack) with his knife, slid the blade part way in, turned it round and then trimmed one side of the inside on the outward stroke of the blade. I always assume that he had a very narrow bladed knife, but really I can't remember how wide it was.

Simple things, but very satisfactory.


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Re: clothes pegs

Postby RichardLaw » Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:26 pm

There used to be a really good piece here but it's a broken link now and I can find no trace - it was really good.
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Re: clothes pegs

Postby Darrell » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:04 am

The link might be bad Richard, but the WayBack Machine still has it at:

Interesting article.

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