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Wooden Clogs Help Sustain Dutch Tradition in Orange City

When he was a teenager, William Van Marel, Jr. took up a rather unusual hobby. Under the instruction of his neighbor and the local shoemaker, Wilhelm Jansen, Van Marel carved traditional Dutch wooden clogs, or klompen, out of basswood harvested from the nearby woods. After moving to Iowa in 1956, Jansen began shipping his wooden … Continue reading Wooden Clogs Help Sustain Dutch Tradition in Orange City