Peg And Awl

The craft movement is alive and well in America, moving beyond the longstanding constraints of local shops and traveling craft fairs, globalized by the internet and buoyed by the advent of social media.

Margaux and Walter Kent are the embodiment and antithesis of this globalization of craft – living, sourcing, and working locally, yet selling globally thanks to their Etsy store and sales through other outlets like fab.com, they have managed to embody a unique position as artisans in the internet age. We had a chance to spend two days with them at their home and workshop in Philadelphia, documenting their craft, family and artifacts. Keep reading to see.

Margaux Kent seated in front of her father’s workbench and hand-built table in Philadelphia. Much of Margaux’s jewelry work is created in this workshop.

A selection of Margaux’s hand-bound books and journals made from found & antique leather.

Walter Kent in his workshop behind the family home – he was finishing reclaimed wood crates and boxes when he paused to take this photo.

Peg & Awl sell handmade objects and curiosities like the spice rack (looking conspicuously like test tubes on the top shelf) and chalkboard tablets (resting in the bottom of the frame).

Margaux and Walter’s home was definitely full of curiosities…

The entire family stepped in for a few frames, although we may have had to persuade their boys Søren and Silas with a little bit of popcorn (still in frame on the table).

It was a great two days of shooting. We cant thank Margaux and Walter enough for allowing us into their home and letting us observe and photograph their process.

Chris even made some time to make some feline friends with the family cat Bjørn during the shoot

If you haven’t taken a look yet, make sure to visit Margaux and Walter’s Etsy store and follow @pegandawl on twitter.

3 replies to “Peg And Awl”

  1. This is really nice, lovely and quirky!

    And it just hit me, I haven’t yet seen Chris without that 24-70 on his camera. It’s starting to make me think that might be all anyone really needs.

  2. another great series. i can’t help but think, and i’ve said before, that your work/style has a norman rockwell feel to it. your post technique drives me insane, trying to figure out what it is that you do. i’m no pixel peeper, well not as much as i used to be, but i cannot help but deeply study and try to reverse engineer what it is that is going on in the images.

    besides my ocd, outstanding!

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