Some time ago I bought a large bag of cheap wooden clothes pegs with the intention of developing them into a gift idea....maybe a simple addition to the clothes peg bags I make
like the ones in the top photo by "Mama's Little Monkeys".
The idea of something inexpensive, simple, necessary and thoughtful appeals to me.
Mama's Little Monkeys has a clear step by step with photos on her blog regarding the type of ink and finishes for longer lasting results. (Basic Mod Podge is PVC glue)
Co-incidentally I came across a post from the Deliberate Agrarian
He and his son are HAND MAKING good old fashioned pegs and he has wonderful step by step photos on his post too. He plans to sell his first batch soon via his blog.
Which got me thinking....
about the ingeniousness of the peg design
are there pegs made other than in factories in china?
do people still value something so simple made by hand and crafted with care?
do people look after and care for their pegs as precious commodities still or are they just thought of as cheap replaceable throw aways?
Is that what happened to the demise of the peg bag?
I also found....
also hand made in America from beech and maple with brass plated springs.
Sixteen pegs cost $25.
They really are a thing of beauty aren't they.
If we appreciated the hand made process and paid for it I imagine we would look after them a lot better. I certainly wouldn't be leaving them to weather on the clothes line like I do with my plastic ones.
Which me got to more thinking....
if I am trying to ditch the plastic I should be gradually replacing my pegs with wooden ones shouldn't I.
(proper ones like these, not the temporary Chinese ones that fall apart within a few weeks)
I also found these stunning beauties hand crafted from oak.
They are giant ones and used for home decor rather than the clothes line.
They are 12 pounds from The Gorgeous Company
As for caring for wooden pegs naturally don't leave them to weather on the line (that goes for plastic ones too I guess and a bad habit I have gotten into)
I searched high and low in all my housekeeping books including Mrs Beeton's and I couldn't find any other tips but I seem to remember reading/hearing once way back when I was a child that placing pegs in a tin or jar with a rag impregnated with turpentine and linseed oil revitalised and conditioned the pegs. Can anyone remember anything like that or shed light on peg care? That is the trouble with the most mundane things, the how to is often not written just generally known and then a couple of generations pass and it is lost.
So what are your thoughts on pegs/pins?