Jimmy Carter on Woodworking
"A sense of belonging to a dedicated fellowship"
Synopsis: When Jimmy Carter left The White House after the 1980 elections, his cabinet officers and staff acknowledged his love of woodworking with a gift certificate for tools. He calls it the most enjoyable gift he’s ever received. In this essay, the former president talks about his love of the craft, its beginnings, and some of his most recent projects.
Since I was a child, woodworking has played an important role in my life. It has given me a sense of belonging and a connection to a wide-ranging and dedicated fellowship. The feelings of continuity and timelessness that the craft has brought to me are most gratifying. I know that some of my pieces will be used for many generations in the future, and yet there is also a strong connection with the past. For instance, my most recent project was a large cabinet made of old pine boards from…