We believe thriving small manufacturers fuel a sustainable flourishing economy. That means thousands of successful independent manufacturers are critical to the long term health of our society, especially when big companies fall. It means your choice to buy from Allen Booth not only gives you more original and carefully-crafted goods, it also supports the communities and families that our successful small manufacturers employ. Woven together, these many manufacturers make up the tapestry of a rich culture that continually pushes creativity and quality forward.
About our hand forged garden tools
Tuli wanted to be a blacksmith, but found the local economy did not exactly have a thriving blacksmithing trade. So he moved, West to where horses need regularly shoed and craftsmen still earn their daily living doing the trade as it was historically done. He worked summers shoeing horses and upon graduating realized he had built a successful horse shoeing business. More than a decade later, after making products of many types and honing his craft, Tuli decided to specialize in garden tools. He now makes one of the most beautiful tools any gardener will own. Read Tuli's story and buy his products.
About our wooden kitchenware
While building custom furniture with his father, Aaron began looking for a use for the small wood pieces that were considered scrap. He discovered he could make a wooden spoon or two out of a piece that was far too small to be used for a chair arm. Giving them first to family and friends, word of mouth spread and soon the kitchenware line was a full-time operation. His wooden spoons and other utensils feel great in your hand, and they come from the hand-crafted care of an expert wood turner. Read Aaron's story and buy his cutting boards or wood utensils.
About our marbles and gems
About our wood bowlsDave started in his grandfather's wooden shoe factory and later took over the oldest and largest production wood bowl mill in America. The hands-on work and connection to Old World style production methods has made it a life of enjoyable work. The bowls are available in eight sizes and nine styles, perfect for odds-and-ends, salads, and major centerpieces. Read Dave's story and buy his products.
About our pewter kitchenwareJim and Sandra combine form and function with their personality, calling it playfulness and utility that results in functional art. Their lead-free pewter kitchenware is born out of love, literally a Valentine's present that Jim made for Sandra generating the spark that would become an entire line of useful tools filled with soul. Hand cast pewter and loving care in production result in heirloom quality pieces that take tools beyond mere usefulness. Read their story and buy their ornaments, baby spoons, and measuring spoons.
About our concrete bird baths and benches
Josh picked up where his dad left off, working in a medium traditionally associated with construction more than art. His concrete lawn ornaments stand up to the elements for a lifetime of beauty in your front or back yard. He's a hands-on kind of guy, enjoying the production process, tolerating the paperwork aspect of business only because you have to. Product quality is of utmost importance to Josh, and like many craftsmen he pours his heart into his work, feeling that his reputation is on the line with every single bird bath or concrete bench he makes. Read Josh's story and buy his products.
About our cedar furnitureNick started young working in his family's plant nursery. Their most popular product line (other than living plants) was outdoor cedar furniture. When the opportunity came to take over the production of the cedar works, Nick began building furniture, embracing his interest in woodworking. Now he employs several skilled craftsmen, and they build slowly, focusing on quality over quantity. He takes pride in furniture that lasts longer than a lifetime. Read Nick's story and buy his products.
About our cedar patio chairs
About our hand painted signsTerry was born with a paintbrush in his hand, so even when he did not plan to he found himself painting while growing up. The joy he feels in making them is reflected in the light and calming tones enjoyed by those with one of his hand painted signs in their house. Trained by reading trade magazines and painting racing cars, Terry has experienced the transition as vinyl graphics made hand detail painting a more challenging profession, and acquiring a hand painted sign now is a great deal on a simple treasure. Read Terry's story and buy his products.
About our bourbon and wine barrel furniture
About our hickory furnitureBrad crafted furniture for many years before he built the team of people that now create the hickory furniture featured here at AllenBooth. Distinguished by a level of quality required in hotel and commercial trades, the team also designs custom heirloom goods for interior designers and their clients. Hickory saplings grow tall and narrow with the hallmark strength of a hardwood, and exceptional elasticity which has made hickory so functional throughout American history. Purchase hickory furniture for your home now.
About our charactersOlaf began building animatronic characters and found unexpectedly a demand of fortune telling machines. AllenBooth features not only the most famous, Zoltar, but many more shapes and styles of fortune tellers in a cabinet. Free-standing moving characters in various poses serve in museums and stand outside shops inviting passersby to come in. The artists are ready to design custom character faces and create life-size groups such as carolers or a rock band. Order an animatronic characterhere.
About our tripod grill
About our mountain laurel tablesJames learned through experience how to build everything in a house except plumbing and electrical, meaning he developed versatile skills as a carpenter. One day while making custom handrails, an idea came that would soon become his entire business. The intricate and natural appearance of mountain laurel was made into furniture and decor by mountainous old-timers, mostly because the woody plant was so darn abundant, but no one was specializing in mountain laurel commercially. Now James makes tables, headboards, and handrails with one-of-a-kind pieces available for shipment to your home. Read James' story.
About our lawn chairsGary's story reads like an American classic, turning negatives into an opportunity. After making the plastic yarn used in traditional folding lawn chairs for decades, he experienced a downturn when chair manufacturers began to move their production overseas. Soon there was not a single folding chair manufacturer left in the country. Rather than shut things down, Gary embraced opportunity, becoming a chair manufacturer himself. His chairs are lightweight, well-constructed, and come in sixteen bright colors. Read Gary's story and buy his products.
About our children's wood furnitureCheryl and Dick turned the relocation demand of a job into an opportunity to launch a new career. In 1987, Dick's job asked him to leave his beloved Denver. Taking his engineering mind into the workshop, Dick began work that would eventually become two companies. While one focuses on custom commercial woodworking, the other grew out of the response to his children's furniture. Elementary and pre-schools across the country recognize the benefit of sturdy furniture made from real wood, a tactile experience with natural materials instead of plastic. Read more about them or shop children's furniture for your own home or classroom.
About our guitar tables and music stands
About our fire pits
Rick brought a fire pit home one day from a well-known big box retailer. He unpacked and assembled the product, which had been imported and advertised with much fanfare. It promptly fell apart. Realizing he could make a better one himself, he did just that. What was born out of necessity turned into something people responded strongly to. As the fire pit designs matured, word spread and Rick sold them to art collectors, parks departments, and the committee for the Olympic Games in Vancouver. View his amazing work and order now to get yours built and shipped directly to your home.