Jimmy Carter’s built a pretty good post-presidential resume, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, monitoring elections, and working tirelessly for his Carter Foundation charity. But Carter has a quieter passion, the Wall Street Journal reports: He’s an accomplished woodworker. Tonight, Carter is auctioning off his latest piece, a 6-foot bench expected to draw 6 figures on the fame of its builder alone.
“It’s like taking a vacation,” Carter says of his craft. He mostly builds things for his family and friends, but once a year auctions a piece for the Carter Center. In all, his woodworking has brought in more than $10 million. “I hope that 500 years in the future, somebody will be sitting on the bench,” Carter says.