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Gilmer teenage entrepreneur starting his own woodworking business

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 12:44 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 9:45 PM CDT
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GILMER, Texas (KLTV) - More free time during the pandemic led to a lot of people pursuing new hobbies. But for one East Texas teen, his new hobby has shaped his future.

19-year-old Hank Jenkins of Gilmer says he wasn’t expecting his woodworking business to take off like it did. But, what started as a hobby during the pandemic, turned into Jenkins now opening his own story front in downtown Gilmer.

“I was just up late watching YouTube, and I saw it on YouTube--wood turning--with the bowls and vases, so I decided I wanted to try that,” says Jenkins.

Jenkins says he quite doing things after school, stopped doing sports and began focusing on his woodworking. He makes smaller items like bowls and candleholders, but also completes bigger projects, like chicken coops.

Jenkins’ determination and talent grabbed the attention of Gloria McLuckie, Director of the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce. She says, not only is Jenkins an artists, he is an inspiration.

“It is so awesome that a young man this age—starting at 18--decided he wanted his own business. To be at home. To be downtown. To be where he grew up,” she says.

McLuckie says that, especially after a tough year like 2020, Jenkins is a bright light.

“I just think he’s the upside. He’s the new fresh blood of positivity that we’re going in.”

Jenkins plans on opening ‘Hanks on the Square’ in the fall, but until then, you find find him on social media at ‘Jenkins Construction and Design.”

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