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How to make a peg

One winter we had -4°F and our rosemary bush pegged it. I saved the trunk because it was in my eyes pretty in all it's decay. My husband have been asking what to do with it and here is what

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This is the rosemary trunk. I just love the colour and all the funny twists and turns. I have moved it around in the garden and just enjoyed looking at it. Now I'll turn some if it into pegs.

This is the rosemary trunk. I just love the colour and all the funny twists and turns. I have moved it around in the garden and just enjoyed looking at it. Now I'll turn some if it into pegs.

I sawed off some of the branches that were peg shaped. My wood carving knife blade was hand made by my father, the handle is made from a walrus rib that he found on Greenland.

I sawed off some of the branches that were peg shaped. My wood carving knife blade was hand made by my father, the handle is made from a walrus rib that he found on Greenland.

I drilled two holes in each peg for the screws. I used a 4 mm drill

I drilled two holes in each peg for the screws. I used a 4 mm drill

I carved round the holes for the screws, I do have a drill bit that will do this but the peg part got in the way and I also just love to carve in wood. Yes I'm odd.

I carved round the holes for the screws, I do have a drill bit that will do this but the peg part got in the way and I also just love to carve in wood. Yes I'm odd.

I used my knife on the back to make it more even. Whittle a bit at the time, you can always take more off, you can't put back on. Make sure your knife is very sharp and mind your fingers.

I used my knife on the back to make it more even. Whittle a bit at the time, you can always take more off, you can't put back on. Make sure your knife is very sharp and mind your fingers.

First I used galvanised screws but it just didn't look nice so I decided to use brass screws and it looked in my eyes much better.

First I used galvanised screws but it just didn't look nice so I decided to use brass screws and it looked in my eyes much better.

Some pegs are now on the fence round my terrace and I use them for our place mats and my first attempt at wickerwork, a tool basket. Other pegs will find their place round the house.

  • Old wood trunk
  • Wood carving knife
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver