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Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:37 pm

New movie of making Tent Pegs with a stock knife...
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby jez » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:17 pm

The bench is a bit too high, encouraging Robin to use the end of the blade with the least leverage
It's probably best to have an adjustable ring that one can raise and lower for optimum use, and help with the above problem. I have one of these. Robin's bench has the ring set too low
The side that holds against the soil should be square; and straight for maximum resistance, as the tapered side will then tend to force the peg tighter against the load bearing edge
The head should be rounded off beyond the depth of the notch to prevent it being split off.
I wouldn't use chestnut as it splits too easily when hit and tent pegs are rarely in the ground long enough to rot anyway
Ash was supposed to be best in the Dean but in the Chilterns they may have used beech, they used the draw knife there too as it was what the bodgers were skilled with.
It took variously between 11 and 17 or so cuts to make a peg.... with a peg knife.... I don't believe they were referred to as stock knives. I know one well regarded reference book says that, but there are so many basic mistakes in the illustrations that I regard that part of the book as worthless
Other than that, fine! Sorry Robin.
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby anobium » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:53 pm

The 'paroir' (stock-knife) of the French clogmaker had a spring in the pivot eye to keep the hook of the tool in contact with the top of the eye so it was steadier in use.
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby jez » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:02 pm

The paroir is not a stock knife, it's a paroir
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby anobium » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:01 pm

I know that and so do you but others may not.
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby jez » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:08 pm

That's why I pointed it out
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby Brian Williamson » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:37 pm

jez wrote:The head should be rounded off beyond the depth of the notch to prevent it being split off.


Critically important this, especially if you're going to use sweet chestnut. As Jez says,it splits too easily.

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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby Peat » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:06 pm

How many pegs can people make in a working day with a stock knife. And any ideas what numbers people would have been producing back in the day?
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:34 pm

Hundreds per day. I now can not remember what Terry Hurst told me what he can do per day, but any more time than a couple of minutes per peg is taking too long. I think it was in the high hundreds.
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby gavin » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:42 am

Peat wrote:How many pegs can people make in a working day with a stock knife. And any ideas what numbers people would have been producing back in the day?

If you want to sell them, start with drawknife and shavehorse. Test your market that way. I sell a few - but am not in the business of!
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby Peat » Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:53 pm

I also don't remember what Terry told me, but I do remember being shocked by the sheer quantity, and thinking"that sounds like a goer".
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Re: Tent Peg Making with a Stock Knife

Postby jez » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:24 am

I met one of the Mordiford "old boys" last year Long line of pegmakers. The horse's mouth. Turned out to be younger than me. And so it goes. 400 a day. "We can cut more but then we're buggered next day."
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