Last Saturday, Aug. 1, The historic Rickman Store began a series of events featuring ”hidden gems” of artists, craftsmen, and authors from Cowee.
Westley Benton opened the series with a demonstration on the art of wood turning. Benton has been sculpting wood on the lathe for a number of years. He was a member of The American Association of Woodturners while living in Florida, and he is currently a member of the Highlands and Cashiers Art League. His work can be seen at the Rickman Store located on 259 Cowee Creek Rd. seven miles north of Franklin by highway 28, next to the Macon County Heritage Center in the old Cowee School.