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eshop at Marble King's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Marble King sells is Made in America Sparklet Gems. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Marble King, The American Dream

The Empire...

Did you know that over one million marbles a day are produced by a West Virginia company? Well, they are. Marble King, Incorporated, located in Paden City, West Virginia, currently manufacturers over a million marbles each day. They operate seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year.

The King is Crowned...

Berry Pink and Sellers Peltier founded Marble King in 1949. Pink was a successful businessman and loved to interact with children. The marbles sold under the Marble King header in the 30's and early 40's were actually manufactured by Peltier Glass. By the late 1940's, Pink was selling more marbles than Peltier could produce. They joined forces and formed another manufacturing facility in which Pink held the majority of shares. Berry Pink traveled throughout the country hosting marble tournaments and giving away several marbles at each stop. He became known as The Marble King. That's how the company got its name when it was founded in December 1949.

The New Kingdom...

Marble King was originally located in St. Marys, West Virginia. In January of 1958 a fire destroyed the factory. Roger Howdyshell, who managed the Marble King facility, moved the company to Paden City where it still remains today.

Howdyshell was a very innovative man who left his mark on the marble industry in many ways. He led Marble King to the forefront when he manufactured the first American made Cat's Eye marbles. He also developed a process called veneering marbles. In this process, you could use less expensive glass as base glass and put a thin coating on the exterior surface to give the marble color.

An American Legacy...

In 1983, Roger Howdyshell bought Marble King. He had dedicated his life to the industry and truly loved it. He continued to operate the facility until his death in 1991. Today, Marble King continues to be owned and operated by the Howdyshell family. Marble King marbles are used in marble games, board games, decorative vases, spray paint cans and other industrial applications. Our marbles have been featured in movies like Goonies, Hook and Home Alone. Marble King continues to be the leader in marble production shipping its marbles worldwide. In 2000, Marble King received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting.


Marble King has been a contributing sponsor and supporter of The National Marble Tournament since 1968. A college scholarship is awarded each year at the tournament, compliments of Marble King.

eshop at Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms sells is Made in America Looms. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Mirrix Looms is a family business run by mother/daughter team Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok from Francestown, New Hampshire and Seattle Washington, respectively. Each loom is lovingly crafted in our wonderful manufacturing facility located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


Mirrix Looms are Proudly Made in The U.S.A.

WHAT IS A MIRRIX LOOM?
What is a Mirrix Loom?

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Mirrix Looms are bead and tapestry looms for everyone from the novice crafter to the professional artist. These looms are wonderful tools that can help create everything from beaded bracelets to purses and woven wall-hangings. Mirrix Looms are primarily meant for bead weaving, tapestry weaving and bead and fiber combination. The concept behind weaving beads or tapestry is fairly simple, though techniques and possibilities abound.

Get started by downloading our FREE ebook: Loom Basics Guide

Learn more about weaving beads on a Mirrix here.

Learn more about weaving tapestry on a Mirrix here.

See what our amazing customers have made on their Mirrix Looms.

Have a question? We're happy to answer! Email us.

eshop at Mitercraft's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Mitercraft sells is Made in America Bookmarks. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Wood Gifts - Wooden Inlays - Hardwood Art
Wood Bookmarks, Coasters, Rulers, Wood Prints, Key Racks, Wall Plaques, Cribbage Boards, Inlay Banding and Greeting Cards. Custom Designs Available - Mitercraft.com

Nestled in a hundred acre forest of lush, green ferns and towering fir and madrona trees, Mitercraft is a company truly inspired by its surroundings. Using only hand-selected, sustainably harvested wood, we celebrate the natural beauty of wood by creating products that allow its glory to be showcased. Our passion leads us to design unique bookmarks, coasters, greeting cards and more with pride that only comes from a handcrafted process, and we've been doing it that way since 1991.

Personalizing our wood bookmarks and rulers is available. Simply let us know what message or artwork you'd like, and we will get right to work for you. Visit our custom section for more ideas and information. PLease note that each of the hand selected woods we buy will vary, having it's own naturally beautiful wood grain which may or may not match the pictured one exactly. The one exception are the bookmarks named solid designs and solid sets which are pictures of the ones you will receive. These sets and singles rotate on our website since they sell out quickly. Our experience suggests you are more likely to love the one you receive more than the one pictured.

All Mitercraft products are handmade in America.


eshop at Modern Artisans's web store for American Made products
One of the products Modern Artisans sells is American Made Art & Wall Decors. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Welcome to Modern Artisans - your haven for items handcrafted by skilled artists and craftsmen. We offer an alternative to the mass-produced products found in most malls and gift stores. Here, you will find high quality, yet affordable, fine craft works shaped by the minds and hands of contemporary American artisans.

Our artisans love what they do - and it shows! It shows in the intricate details, in the whimsical spirit, and the amazing array of artistic energy. Because many of our items are limited in quantity, our selection is frequently changing. Whether enhancing your home or purchasing a gift, you'll be sure to find a truly unique selection of contemporary home accessories, garden art and decor, wall art, artisan jewelry and unusual gifts!

In addition, our Crafting a Better Tomorrow program donates a minimum 1% of profits to a variety of unique non-profit organizations. Click here for more information on our donation program.

eshop at Mystic Knotwork's web store for Made in the USA products
One of the products Mystic Knotwork sells is Made in the USA Door Mats. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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We thank you for supporting our mission to keep the maritime tradition of knotwork alive. Even the humble sailor bracelet can be a means to touch the past that stretches back centuries.

For our family it all started in 1939 when my grandfather worked on the McCormick line acting as a bosun's mate on cargo ships running between Argentina and New York City. In New York City, he Alton Beaudoin Showing a Knotted Frame in progresswould stay at the Seaman's Institute. After showing interest in knots, the retired captains and officers that were staying there showed him a few knots to work on while out to sea. Invariably upon his return, they would show him all the mistakes in his workmanship and through this schooling he learned the art. His skills were honed by weeks at sea and the stern eye of his skilled teachers. As the years went on, he developed talents nearly equal to theirs. Toward the end of Alton's time in the merchant marine, he was teaching Able Bodied Seamanship in the New York Harbor.

When World War II broke out, Alton went from a Bosun's mate in the merchant marines to a private in the US Army, soley because he wore glasses. He never talked much about his time in the Pacific Theater, but we all knew he had a rough time, not only because of the 3 purple hearts he earned.

After serving in World War II, he returned home with sad memories of war and loss of many friends. He didn't talk much about it, but he used is talent with cord as his escape from these memories.

By 1957, Alton had established himself as an expert in knotwork with pieces donated to the Smithsonian, he turned his artistic passion to a business selling the traditional sailor knot bracelet as well as fancier belts, sample boards, guitar straps, and bellropes. In fact, one of his bellropes was used for more than a decade aboard the USCG Barque Eagle.

Here is an article about him from October of 1976 in The New London Day
All of this history was passed to his sons and grandchildren. I remember clearly the weekend trips with my grandparents learning macram?, splicing, sennit work, and other fancy knotwork. My cousins and I used to race to see who could make twenty sailor knot bracelets the fastest. I didn't always win, but through the competition, we learned how to tie one knot excessively well. My childhood is definitely one that I treasure, Finished Nautical Frame Alton Beaudoin Mystic KnotworkI wish everyone could have experienced such a tight knit loving family.

Our whole family carries on the traditions started by my grandfather. My uncle ties macram? and sailor knots, but is better known for his castings of authentic knotwork. Because he casts in gold and silver, his artwork lasts more than a lifetime. My brother has applied what he learned directly to metal and has earned a reputation for his artistry. My sister translated her love for the sea and history into her career designing the Defender Co. online catalog. My father still works with me to help improve my splicing and keeps me humble with his attention to detail.

My wife and I continue the traditional skill of turning cord into art. Most well known are the white sailor bracelets, but with my wife and daughter we have added a modern flair adding color and patterns. In addition to sailor bracelets, we also make rope mats, table top centerpieces , wedding favors, and macram? work. My wife's macram? is so popular people have actually bought it right off her neck!

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about our family history and hope you enjoy your purchase. All of our work is American made here in Connecticut from supplies also found in the USA.

Sincerely,
Matthew Beaudoin
February 8, 2010

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