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Allegheny Treenware

An American Dream Becomes Reality

Stan and Sue Jennings met in 1984 while working in an underground coal mine but the next year found themselves unemployed. After several years of working dead-end jobs, the West Virginia couple decided to take a leap of faith and pursue their dreams of owning a woodworking business.

Today the couple owns and operates Allegheny Treenware, a company specializing in wooden kitchen products such as bowls, cutting boards and serving utensils. Each item is handcrafted from West Virginia hardwoods including cherry, maple, birch, beech and walnut.

“The state’s abundant natural resources make West Virginia the ideal location for setting up a wood products business,” the Jennings said.

Stan and Sue have received accolades for their work including:

“Best of Show” at the 1996 Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair
“Best Demonstrator” at the 1997 Yankee Peddler Festival
Inclusion in the 1999 Early American Homes Top 200 Traditional Craftsman Directory
Invitation to craft a Christmas tree ornament for the White House
Commission to build and stock a private label for “The Greenbrier Gourmet” for The Greenbrier resort

Allegheny Treenware is available in state at the couple’s store located 10 miles east of Grafton, W.Va., and also at Tamarack, The Greenbrier and various West Virginia state parks’ gift shops. The Jennings also sell their wares at various art shows and folk art festivals throughout the eastern United States. The Broadmoor hotel and resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., features Allegheny Treenware, as do some of the nation’s finest gift shops, galleries and private collections.

Allegheny Treenware’s Web site, www.spooners.com, features a product catalog for convenient online shopping.