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Hilary JonesBy Hilary Jones
First created
Hilary JonesBy Hilary Jones
First created
$1,246
pledged of $6,950pledged of $6,950 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 28 2015 10:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

Thank you to all who have come to support this Kickstarter Campaign! We are still moving toward our goals... Read our last Update for details...

Want to buy clothespins? Want to still help our company? Come visit us at www.ladyandthecarpenter.com/store

NOTE: Some folks are having a hard time viewing the video so I have created a Youtube link: http://youtu.be/gjWGpj-3OBE  Sorry for the inconvenience! Kickstarter tech help says it is okay on their end...

Our Story: 

The Screwy Carpenter LOVES working with wood. He would LOVE LOVE spending his days in the barn throwing around sawdust. So, we went in search of a product that we would enjoy making, is simple and functional. We came across the idea of clothespins and fell in love with the idea of creating American Made, heavy-duty clothespins that could be handed down through the generations.

The torsion spring clothes pin was born in the state of Vermont in the 1800's. However, this wonderful invention is now mass produced overseas. Imported clothespins are cheap in price but also cheap in quality. Anyone who hangs clothes with them knows it. The wood is soft and weak. The springs are wimpy. They don’t hold clothes on the line dependably and break easily, which can be very frustrating and discouraging for the person who loves to dry their items in the sun. Plastic ones are hardly any better.

Our goal is to bring the clothespin back to the US. We wanted a clothespin that could hold up to the trials of line drying on a windy day but be beautiful enough to use in crafts and home decor. Kevin’s Quality Clothespins are high quality, beautiful, and strong clothespins made here in the Pacific Northwest. We use solid maple from a local supplier. The companies remnants from their guitar making process are sold to us for the making of clothespins  (Gotta love recycling) The tightly coiled stainless steel springs are manufactured here in the US. 

Import vs. Kevin's Quality Clothespin
Import vs. Kevin's Quality Clothespin

Our customers often tell us that they love Kevin's Quality Clothespins for their ability to hold heavy clothes on the line despite weight and wind  and they love their handcrafted beauty. Crafters love their simple strong function and that they don’t have to be covered with paper to make them beautiful.

Here is where Kickstarter comes in…

Up to this point we have bootstrapped this entire adventure and have had amazing responses from our customers but our demand is growing and we need to make some upgrades.  

Our Funded Kickstarter Project would allow us to:

1) Purchase needed equipment upgrades to allow for more efficient manufacturing. With these improvements we can cut our manufacturing time in half.  

2) Attend the Mother Earth News Fair in June. With 18,000 projected attendees, this would boost our customer base and give people a chance to see our pins in action. A large part of the Kickstarter funds would also go toward purchasing materials for making pins for the Fair. (springs, wood, labels, bus. cards, table runner...)

3) Send you some great rewards! 

OUR REWARDS INCLUDE

Our Wonderful Clothespins

Kevin's Quality Clothespins
Kevin's Quality Clothespins

 Why buy Kevin's Quality Clothespins? 

  • They are Made in America

Kevin's Quality Clothespins are proudly labeled Made in America! Our springs come from an American Manufacturer. Our maple is supplied by a local company. That wood is then handcrafted and the pins assembled here in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Not your ordinary spring

A clothespin is worthless without a great spring. Kevin's Quality Clothespins are made with a heavy gauge wire and is a fully-wound spring. The springs are made of stainless steel and will never rust

  • They are crafted out of Hardwood

Our clothespins are made from Maple. This hardwood is enduring, has a even light-colored grain, and does not bleed tannin stains into clothing. 

  • Size and Wide Opening

As you can see from the picture above, Kevin's Quality Clothespins are much more substantial than the imported pin. The total length is 3-1/2 inches and the wood is cut thicker. The angles of the cuts, the thickness and length come together to make a heavy-duty clothespins that will fit over a 1/2" dowel. 

  • Gripping Grooves

Each of our pins have grooves cut into the end to help the user easily grip the pin when using. This is a useful feature but also adds to its beauty. 

Our Clothespin Half Trivet (A Kickstarter Exclusive)

 Our Clothespin Trivet is one of my favorites. It's fun design allows you to change the shape to make the trivet fit a wide variety of hot containers and platters. OR it simply makes a beautiful centerpiece to any table. 

The small trivet is 18 1/2 inches long when in a straight line and 10 1/2 inches in diameter when put into a circle. 

Small Trivet Reward
Small Trivet Reward

 Our Large Trivet is 25 1/2 inches long when in a straight line. When pins are inward in a circle formation it has a 10 1/2 in diameter. With pins outward in a circle formation it has a 13 in. diameter. 

Large Trivet Pins Inward
Large Trivet Pins Inward
Large Trivet Pins Outward
Large Trivet Pins Outward

Each trivet has a fun shape-shifting design that makes them very versatile for your needs. 

Large Trivet in Swirl pattern
Large Trivet in Swirl pattern

 When you pick a Trivet Reward you also get to pick from four different bead colors. Violet, Red, Light blue or Silver.

Trivet Bead Colors
Trivet Bead Colors

Our Maple Floating Wine Bottle Holder

This is a Product Preview. Be the first to own one!  If our Kickstarter funds, we will start offering this product officially in Fall 2015

Our Maple Floating Wine Bottle Holder is a wonderful conversation starter.  It uses counter balancing to hold up the wine bottle, as your bottle empties you simply change the neck's position in the hole to create the proper balance.

Display your favorite bottle as it floats on air. Great for your kitchen, dining room or a centerpiece for a wedding. 

Wine Bottle Holder 1
Wine Bottle Holder 1
Floating Wine Bottle Holder
Floating Wine Bottle Holder

Thank you for your time and support. 

Thank you for helping us develop our dream of building clothespins that you can love.

STRETCH GOALS:

1) $8,000 in pledges would allow us to complete our next equipment upgrade goal and step into the retail market.

2) $12,000 would allow us to attend a second Mother Earth News Fair. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we will face after our Kickstarter Project is to get 5,000 clothespins ready for the Mother Earth News Fair in June while staying on schedule with our regular orders and getting Kickstarter rewards out. We have set up our Kickstarter campaign in February to give us enough time to meet these challenges. The equipment improvements should help it go smoothly but even with our current manufacturing techniques we would be able to accomplish those goals.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    - A thank you note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A Kevin's Quality Clothespin Sticker

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    - A thank you note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A Sample Kevin's Quality Clothespin
    - A Kevin's Quality Clothespin Logo Sticker

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    - A thank you note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - One set of 10 Kevin's Quality Clothespins
    - A Kevin's Quality Clothespin Logo Sticker

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    Kickstarter Exclusive Small Trivet Offer

    - - A thank you note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A Small Clothespin Halves Trivet
    -Your choice of bead color(red,purple,silver or turquoise)
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    Kickstarter Exclusive Large Trivet Offer

    - A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A Large Clothespin Halves Trivet
    - Your choice of bead color (red,purple,silver or turquoise)
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    Floating Wine Holder. New product Preview!

    - A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A Floating Wine Bottle Holder.
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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    - A thank you note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - 3 sets of 10 Kevin's Quality Clothespins
    - A Kevin's Quality Clothespin Logo Sticker

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    - A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name on our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A set of 10 Kevin's Quality Clothespins OR a small trivet (you choose bead color)
    - A large Clothespin Halves Trivet
    -Your choice of bead color (red,purple,silver or turquoise)

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    The Everything Award:

    - A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name at the top of our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A set of 10 Kevin's Quality Clothespins
    - A small trivet (you choose bead color)
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    - A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name at the top of our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    - A set of 10 Kevin's Quality Clothespins
    - A large trivet (you choose bead color)
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    FILL THE CLOTHESLINE REWARD
    -A Thank You note from the Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter
    - Your name at the top our website's Kickstarter Thank You page.
    -100 Kevin's Quality Clothespins.
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Funding period

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