Penny Jewett

Photo of Penny Jewett at her work bench in the Professional Crafts Wood Department Penny Jewett, HCC Professional Crafts-Wood student, has found the perfect complement to her rustic home and garden accessories business.

“I have always had the feeling something is missing,” Penny Jewett, HCC Professional Crafts-Wood student explains. “This program is now bringing together my body, mind, and soul.”

When Penny was laid off after 20 years in office management and customer service, she decided it was time to do something for herself. The mother of two and grandmother of six found a passion in the wood program.

Before enrolling in the college, Penny started a small business called Rustic Nature Creations. She makes custom work out of things she finds in nature such as moss and twigs on mirrors and other items. Her work is sold in local stores such as Turning Creek Gallery in Clayton, Georgia; Fiddle Stix in Mars Hill; and Watershed Trading Company in Bryson City. She got the idea for her business while taking long walks in the woods.

“I love nature and so I take it and redesign it into a new form.”

When Penny graduates from HCC in May, she will complete an apprenticeship with Western Heritage Furniture in Jerome, Arizona. The company works with reclaimed wood.

“This program at HCC challenges you to not only look at things outside the box, but to take the box and throw it up in the air to see what you get,” Penny says. “I’ve never felt more whole in my life. I’ve found a passion.”

Penny is originally from Wyemouth, Massachusetts. She is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and walking her dog.

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