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Holland, MI 49424
Latitude: 42.841149 Longitude: -86.096016
This tour is free
De Klomp, a long time favorite of West Michigan visitors, produces several thousand pairs of wooden shoes each year, in a variety of ways. De klomp is Holland?s only factory to offer the three styles of carving: Hand carving with Elmer, visitors get a real feel for wooden shoes as Elmer starts with a solid block of wood, chops it into a rough form of a shoe, clean cuts its outsides with a special tool brought in from the Netherlands. Style 2 takes the block of wood and carves the pair of shoes on semi automatic machines. Style 3 finishes carving the shoes on fully automatic Dutch machines.
Our delftware factory is the only production factory in America making the Dutch pottery from scratch. We begin with dry powdered clay mixing with special ingredients to form the Dutch clay. From here the clay is poured in to 1 of our 400 different molds. After drying and cleaning each piece is loaded into kilns and fired at above 2000 degrees for 18 hours. After cooling, each piece is hand painted by specially trained artists, refired, glazed & fired for a 3rd time to finalize this beautiful piece of delftware.
There?s no charge to tour our factory where you can watch craftsmen carve wooden shoes on machines brought over from the Netherlands. We carry "Klompen" in a vast span of sizes-from Barbie & Cabbage Patch Doll sizes to a man?s size 13. Plain or hand decorated, they are perfect for gardening or decoration.
We are open 9 to 5, 7 days a week for visiting and shopping.