Meet Our Makers: Jenna Jerkins, The Welder Woman


Happy New Year, Mamas! 2021 is here, and we couldn’t be more excited to close one chapter and open another. To kick off the New Year, we are proud to shine our humble spotlight on Jenna Jerkins, The Welder Woman. Jenna is a true inspiration for all of us badass mamas out there, proving we ALL have a purpose in this life & we can channel our inner self-confidence to overcome ANY obstacle we may face. 

Through welding & professional growth, Jenna’s mission is to inspire & educate young women to hone their passion into a thriving business. She believes the possibilities for women are endless, and with a little encouragement, we all have a special gift to share with the world. 

Read more about Jenna & her journey towards becoming; The Welder Woman!

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Q: Tell us a little about your company & journey to making it happen.
A: My journey started off with CrossGrain Creations, the company I started 6 years ago doing pyrography (the art of burning wood), something I taught myself to do. CrossGrain had 3 meanings 1. Cross- God inspired 2. Cross Grain is a term for wood, which is my main medium 3. I am going to cross the wood with something else, at that time I had no idea that the “something” would be welding. It wouldn’t be until 2 1/2 years later that I would find welding.

Q: Why is this mission important to you?
A: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Shakespeare-
This is my mission! Wood and metal art are my gifts and my purpose is to inspire young women/girls, especially those who have had a traumatic experience in the past and teach them the basics of each profession, in 3 ways: 1. Use it as therapy. I’ve never felt better in my life then when I’m creating. 2. Inspire them to use their gifts for their own art. 3. Sponsor them to go to school to get certifications so they can become structural welders.

Q: What is your "superpower"?
A: I’m a master of molten metal 👩🏽‍🏭

Q: We're redefining what it means to be a "mama." Some mamas are traditional mothers; others are unbelievable foster & adoptive moms, devoted caregivers, selfless grandmothers, badass sisters, loving wives, or your very best friend. What does "mama" mean to you?
A: I’m a mother of 3 young girls that I’m teaching them how to run and operate a business. They are learning welding and wood burning as well.

Q: What change do you hope to see in the world through your business/product/idea?
A: I just want to give that spark to someone who believes they no longer matter or are special. I’ve been through a whole lot in my short life and rising above every obstacle is a superpower in and of itself.

Q: Any advice to the next generation of #SuperheroMamas?
A: Don’t give up!!! You have something special to offer someone. I know it gets hard and lonely at times, but as long as you take it one step at a time, you are one step further from your past. You are not defined by your past, you are defined by how you rise above it.

Q: If you could be any #superhero, who would it be & why?
A: I’m already Welder Woman🦸🏽‍♀️😉 but my second choice would be Wonder Woman.

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