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Tent peg making: Stout wooden tent pegs were once commonly used to fasten down the guy ropes of different sized tents.

Tent peg making

The military were a major buyer of tent pegs, their custom helping to prolong the craft's survival into the mid-1950s. In their makeshift woodland workshop, one man roughly prepares the logs with a 'molly' and 'flammer' whilst the other seated at his shaving horse, completes the pegs with a drawknife. To the left, are pegs stacked for seasoning prior to collection. Tent peg makers would often work a twelve-hour day, working in all weathers.

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