Handmade Crafts » allegheny treenware http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Heidi Visits Treenware http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/heidi-visits-treenware http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/heidi-visits-treenware#comments Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:00:44 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=532 I may never be let out of the Gallery/Studio again. I had the privilege to visit Stan and Sue Jennings of Allegheny Treenware on my way back to Thomas after spending the day in Morgantown. This is funny only because my vintage 1993 Subaru Impreza was smoking when I pulled up to the workshop to pick up an order.

Let me preface by saying you will not meet anyone more welcoming and genuine than Stan and Sue Jennings. I arrived a half hour before the end of the work day and everyone in the workshop was busy at the task at hand. I was immediately greeted by the staff, followed by Sue and the canine welcoming committee. It seemed this visitor caused a joyous stir of excitement.

I apologized for not arriving earlier as planned, but announced that I had had some car trouble a few miles out. My delay was waved off and Sue insisted on taking the time to show me around their workshop. They employ eight-plus employees who help them cut, shape and finish each piece. And it’s clear how much they value and appreciate each member of their team. More than once I’d hear Sue describe members of her team as “my right hand and we couldn’t do this without their help.”

Allegheny Treenware is located on a pristine 45 acres in Preston County, W.Va., along Rt. 50. They buy most of their wood in logs (they prefer cherry, but will work with many different woods) from local folks who do select cuttings when the need arrives. They mill the logs down into boards and cut/craft each piece from there.

As per my automotive saga, a member of the Treenware team (”all he drives are Subarus”) graciously took a look under the hood and discovered a crack in my radiator. Oy! Stan very graciously said, “Well, I guess Sue will run you home.” And bless her she was quick to put my embarrassment of the situation at ease. “It’s what you do. You take care of your neighbors.”

And it is that down-to-earth, give-back personality they both share that has built their business and supported their community. And as it turns out we had a wonderful talk about the business of art and humanity in West Virginia. It turns out we’re both “door knockers” who know the value of asking a question and sharing what we’re excited about.

Sue credits Stanley for allowing her “the time away from work to follow her passion” and lobby for the West Virginia artist community. She and fellow MountainMade artist Donna Lohr (Whimsical Woolies) helped start the Preston County Arts Council. She’s active with the Tamarack Foundation and MountainMade. “I’m so excited about being able to give back to the artist community and to be able to help artists coming up as Stanley and I were. We’re very fortunate.”

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MountainMade’s Top Five Wedding Presents for 2010 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmades-top-five-wedding-presents-for-2010 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmades-top-five-wedding-presents-for-2010#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:17:52 +0000 Carrie Nestor http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=373 Spring is just around the corner. (Well maybe! We currently have 4 feet of snow and are expecting up to 24 more inches). The coming of Spring is a time for new beginnings, romance, and youthful love. What a wonderful time of the year to get married!

MountainMade has you covered for Spring time wedding gifts. Here  are my top 5 wedding gifts for 2010.
MountainMade has you covered for Spring time wedding gifts. Here are my top 5 wedding gifts for 2010.

That’s what lots of people seem to think. In fact, it’s such a wonderful time to get married, that you may at this very moment, be bombarded with wedding announcements.  If you are looking for the perfect springtime wedding gift, look no further than MountainMade. MountainMade makes your shopping a little easier this season.

Since I am privy to quite a bit of insider knowledge (I am in charge of our entire inventory after all), I thought I might help you out with some wedding gift ideas. Here are my top 5 favorite suggestions for your bride and groom:

1. Set of Ron Hinkle Wine Glasses. This a a perfect his and hers wedding gift. These would be great paired with a lovely bottle of wine. These wine glasses are very unique because they have a hollow stem. Ron Hinkle is one of the few artists who has the artistic skill to create stemware in this manner.

Mix and match Ron Hinkles beautiful hand crafted wine glasses. You  can create beautiful his and her style collections.
Mix and match Ron Hinkle’s beautiful hand crafted wine glasses. You can create beautiful his and her style collections.

2. Blenko Water Bottles. Not only are these beautiful functional additions for the home, you are also giving a piece of American history. These Blenko Glass water bottles have been produced since the 1930s. They make a great gift and are collectible pieces of art that can be passed on from generation to generation.

Blenko Glass Water Bottles are beautiful and functional. Give a  wedding gift that is a piece of history, and maybe it will be passed on  for generations.
Blenko Glass Water Bottles are beautiful and functional. Give a wedding gift that is a piece of history, and maybe it will be passed on for generations.

3. Jim & Brenda Good Cutting Boards & Marvin Wotring Paring Knife. This set makes a wonderful addition to any kitchen. I personally use my Jim and Brenda Good cutting board and the paring knife by Marvin Wotring daily. With proper use and care this is a gift that will stand the test of time.

Create a perfect wedding gift set by pairing a Jim and Brenda Good  Cutting Board with a Marvin Wotring Paring Knife
Create a perfect wedding gift set by pairing a Jim and Brenda Good Cutting Board with a Marvin Wotring Paring Knife

4. Chris Cooper Wooden Salad Bowl & Allegheny Treenware Salad Tongs. Another beautiful set makes the perfect addition for the newly weds’ kitchen. These are both made from beautiful cherry wood and the quality is exceptional. I think the two pieces compliment each other perfectly.

Make the perfect wedding gift set by paring Cherry Wood Salad Bowl  by Christopher Cooper and Cherry Salad Tongs by Allegheny Treenware.
Make the perfect wedding gift set by paring Cherry Wood Salad Bowl by Christopher Cooper and Cherry Salad Tongs by Allegheny Treenware.

5. Jeff Fetty Calla Lily Candlesticks. This gift is a perfect accent for any home. Bring passion and romance to the table with this beautiful set of 3 candlesticks.

Need more suggestions? Feel free to call and speak to one of MountainMade’s knowledgeable staff to further assist you. We will be sure to help you find the perfect handmade gift from West Virginia’s finest artists . Don’t forget that we do offer gift wrapping!

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