On a recent camping trip, some of our younger makers thought up a fancy way to help secure the campsite: hand-carved tent pegs!
Large and small, these tent pegs are sure to fasten down tents, tarps, or guy lines.
Freshly on site, Ryan, Jillian, and Nora set-to crafting these every day camping necessities. Each maker paid close attention to incorporating small-but-important details like a smooth feel, bark-less entry points, lashing chevrons (also known as the crook of the branch), and hammer faces.
“It was interesting finding the sticks,” said Ryan. “There were a bunch of cuts that the stick had to go through” to make a successful tent peg. He was able to turn out a respectable four pegs alone.
Jillian’s approach was to add a cool purple cord with some fancy knot work.
Nora took a slightly different approach to her tent pegs. “I looked for small but thick sticks when choosing a branch; too thick and they are really difficult to carve, but too thin and there’s nothing to whittle.”
In order to make these artisanal tent pegs yourself, here are some of the key tips from our makers to keep in mind:
- Make sure to have a safe, sharp blade that locks – jackknives that have folding blades can result in unexpected but nasty surprises;
- Choose wood that is a) not in poison ivy, b) thick and long enough to be carve-able, and c) not too wet so that you can’t whittle it;
- Look for tree branches, for example, ones that are heavy enough so that it could actually support the tent!
Artisanal Tent Pegs
How to Make a Tent Peg
Artisanal Tent PegsMade by Young Makers, these tent pegs look good and probably work well too.
Sticks: PegsThese unassuming sticks will become impressive hand-made tent pegs.
How to Make a Tent PegSometimes, it only takes two tent pegs; two is sometimes all you need.
Young MakersThese young Makers–Nora, Ryan, and Jillian–made some impressive hand-made tent pegs while camping.