Jimmy Carter: President, Activist... Woodworker?

His homemade pieces fetch big dollars
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 6:11 PM CST
Volunteer Bunny Holman paints the walls as she lends a hand building a house with Habitat for Humanity, Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, in San Pedro, Calif. As part of the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2007, now in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.