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The April/May issue of our magazine, MaryJanesFarm, is now in the works and will hit newsstands mid-March. Each issue is filled with great tips like this one:

Classic American Clothespins

These days, it’s hard to find a good-quality clothespin. The last large American clothespin manufacturer went out of business in 2007, and imported clothespins just aren’t the same—wimpy springs and low-grade mystery wood that doesn’t last throughout the seasons. At least that’s what Herrick Kimball’s wife told him. So Herrick got busy developing beautiful clothespins made to last a lifetime, crafted from sturdy ash with heavy-gauge, tight-coil, American-made, stainless-steel springs.

Classic American Clothespins is a small, home-based business with a big mission: to bring the manufacture of high-quality clothespins back to America by encouraging small-scale, decentralized production by entrepreneurial woodworkers all across the nation. With that in mind, Herrick sells both kits and clothespin springs (as well as finished pins).

Said Herrick, “I would love to see a network of clothespin crafters spring up all across the country, supplying heirloom-quality clothespins to people in their communities.” Find out more at


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thank-you for this post today! I have been thinking that 2014 needs to be the year I finally get a small clothesline. Now, I have the link of just where to go to get my clothespins to start out. Next, will be making that adorable clothespin apron from Mary Jane’s book that I have been wanting since I first saw it 4 years ago! I think Herrick has done us all a favor by recovering a classical american standard that has kept families in clean clothes for generations!

  2. Judy Nance says:

    Thank you for the post on the Classic American Clothespin. I have just ordered their self-assembly kit. I’m looking forward to assembling them myself. What a fun new project.

  3. Kim Reeves says:

    Hanging out my laundry is good for my soul!! I feel somewhat “centered” every time I do! I can’t wait to get some of these new clothes pins! I really want some good ones! Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it!

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    I’ve enjoyed a book titled “The Clothesline” which also has a lot of info on the history of clothespins. I enjoy the book immensely!
    And, I’m always on the hunt for good, quality clothespins. There was a time when all there was available were the plastic ones and they are absolutely awful!!!!! Since then, better quality wooden ones have become available again.
    Thank you!

  5. KJ says:

    I love my clothesline and hanging out laundry is one of my favorite tasks. Maybe you could recommend them to ABC’s Made in America segment?

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