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The NEW Steinbeck Furniture Collection

With roots as a cabinet maker, apprenticed to my father at a young age, I set to work in the early days of Peg and Awl making work benches and tables for Margaux in her book binding and jewelry studio. At that time my woodshop was in the basement of our city row home. The six foot tall ceilings and the narrow steps leading up to the kitchen made it quite difficult to build anything of size. It was within these constraints that the first Peg and Awl puzzle table and the seeds of the full Peg and Awl furniture line were sewn.

Through the past ten years we have made a variety of objects, and the lessons learned from cabinetry and joinery informed many of our designs. We have built products out of wood, canvas, metal, leather and paper, but making furniture was never far from my mind; it was as if I was waiting for the right time. I would see a table here and a chair there in our travels to historic homesteads, and I would always jot down details. Slowly the collection took on shape and when it came time to bring the ideas and concepts to life, the stacks of memories and cataloged jottings flowed out like a story I’ve always known. The Steinbeck Furniture Collection was born.

With simple lines and balanced proportions, each piece allows the locally and sustainably harvested American hardwood to shine. Form and function do not compete, yet through the minimalist design and time-tested craftsmanship that harkens back to the furniture makers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, each piece speaks with one tongue to the honesty and harmony of the sourcing of materials, the makers making, and the settling in to their new homes.

The Hawley Table

The Hawley Table by Peg and Awl The Hawley Table by Peg and Awl

The Steinbeck Desk

The Steinbeck Desk by Peg and Awl The Steinbeck Desk by Peg and Awl

The Kino Coffee Table

The Kino Coffee Table by Peg and Awl The Kino Coffee Table by Peg and Awl

The Joad Chair

The Joad Chair by Peg and Awl The Joad Chair by Peg and Awl

The Eden Bed Frame

The Eden Bed Frame by Peg and Awl The Eden Bed Frame by Peg and Awl

The Travelers Bench

The Travelers Bench by Peg and Awl The Travelers Bench by Peg and Awl

The Cannery Side Table

The Cannery Side Table by Peg and Awl The Cannery Side Table by Peg and Awl

The Peg and Awl House: A Living Showroom

The Peg and Awl House

With the launch of the Steinbeck Furniture Collection, we also have turned the house where Peg and Awl started into a living showroom. Available to rent through Airbnb, the house is open for guests to stay and experience the furniture and the Peg and Awl lifestyle, to eat at the tables and sit in the chairs and sleep in the beds that were first conjured in that very same house with the low basement ceiling and the narrow staircase.

Sendak Artist Roll in Almond by Peg and Awl
Almond – Our Blankest Slate Yet!
The Sendak Artist Roll in Almond by Peg and Awl The Sendak Mini Artist Roll in Almond by Peg and Awl
The Sendak Artist Roll
The Sendak Mini Artist Roll
Small Hunter Satchel in Almond by Peg and Awl Large Waxed Canvas Tote in Almond by Peg and Awl
Small Hunter Satchel
Large Waxed Canvas Tote
The Rogue Backpack in Almond by Peg and Awl The Keeper Pouch in Almond by Peg and Awl
The Rogue Backpack
The Keeper Pouch
The Scribbler Pouch in Almond by Peg and Awl Uma Yoga Mat Carrier in Almond by Peg and Awl
The Scribbler Pouch
Uma Yoga Mat Carrier
The Marlowe Lunch Bag by Peg and Awl

We’ve been busy!

Some Peg and Awl Updates

We have been working away on a lot of different projects here at the Peg and Awl workshop, and we are excited to share a few of them with you…

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Refreshed Marlowe Lunch Bags

Just in time for back to school, we did a little update on the Marlowe Lunch Bag – now all vegan with a fabric tag! Perfect for work, school, and day trips, fill ’em up with lunch, snacks and a little note for your love!

The Marlowe Lunch Bag by Peg and Awl

The Peg and Awl House

After months of transformation, the Peg and Awl House is now open and awaiting your next visit to Philadelphia. A living showroom of all things Peg and Awl, the house is full of furniture, home goods, books and adventure. Check out the Peg and Awl House on Airbnb and book your stay at the place where it all started! And if you have no plans to visit Philadelphia, we hope you will find inspiration – and sneak peeks of our upcoming furniture – in the photographs!

The Peg and Awl House

NEW Furniture Collection Coming Soon!

It’s been a long time coming, but there are only a few more weeks before we launch the very first line of Peg and Awl furniture! We are bursting with excitement to share…

Bench and Desk by Peg and Awl Dining Room Table by Peg and Awl
Kitchen Table by Peg and Awl Chair by Peg and Awl

Other Things in the Works

Tomes (large journals that Margaux always uses!), sketchbooks, wooden painter’s palette, new waxed canvas colour, and one of a kinds! We have been working tirelessly on these to make them perfect and they will be launching soon – stay tuned!

Upcoming Products by Peg and Awl
The Peg and Awl House

The Peg and Awl House is now on AirBNB!

The transformation of our former Fishtown, Philadelphia home and studio space into The Peg and Awl House is complete! Each room contains Peg and Awl treasures for guests to enjoy during their stay, including our first official furniture collection which will be available in the fall!

 

The Past

Our 3 Story Victorian Wonder was built in 1855 and has undergone many changes and identities over the years.

In the 1920s it was the home of a bootlegger – the elegant front staircase embraces a small hole for the tap of a barrel still hidden in the basement rafters to house the illicit hooch. After prohibition, a new couple moved in who would later give birth to Fishtown’s Boo Radley. The house was then divided into apartments. Boo (who was over 6ft tall and wore all black) lived in the front room (now the library) when he was older and his parents had passed.

In 1985, The House was purchased by a high school woodshop teacher who trash picked historic doors and windows considered garbage by the neighbors who dumped them, and plucked treasures from the many abandoned houses that peppered the neighborhood. He used his finds to restore it closer to its former – albeit frankensteined with the well-worn once scattered parts – self.

In 2007, I came into the picture with the intention (pre-Airbnb) of travelling the world via house-swap on Craigslist. That plan stopped before it began when I met Walter a month later and we began dreaming together. He moved in within a week of our first encounter and the House became our Home – where we raised Søren and Silas and started Peg and Awl.

 

The Now

Twelve years later, The House that inspired so many of the objects that we make, from our kitchen collection to our stationery collection, has been transformed it into a Peg and Awl world that we are excited to share with all of you!


The Library at The Peg and Awl House The Master Beadroom at The Peg and Awl House
The Library
featuring the Foundlings Collection
The Master Bedroom
featuring the Stationery Collection
The Kitchen at The Peg and Awl House The Bathroom at The Peg and Awl House
The Kitchen
featuring the Kitchen Collection
The Bathroom
featuring the Bath Collection
The Study at The Peg and Awl House The Second Bedroom at The Peg and Awl House
The Study
featuring the Waxed Canvas Tote
The Second Bedroom
featuring the Weekender
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