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Celebrating a Long Life Well Lived

Introduction As we celebrate our 45th Anniversary throughout the month of May 2023, we would also like to celebrate the life of a fellow woodworker and longtime customer, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who at 98 years of age is resting in hospice care as this is being written.

As a tribute to President Carter, we are dedicating this issue of Wood News to him and his work as both a woodworker and a humanitarian. We invite you to click the links below to see some memorabilia from his time as a customer of our store.

Chris Bagby, co-founder
Highland Hardware, Inc.


Highland Woodworking's Upcoming Atlanta Class Schedule

5/17   Finishing the Finish
5/20   Basic Bowl Turning
5/21   Turning Kitchen Utensils
5/27   Build a Spokeshave
6/6     Sharpening Hand Tools
6/8     Build a Bandsaw Box
6/17   Basic Bowl Turning
8/12   Build a Spokeshave

45th Anniversary $1000
Lie-Nielsen Giveaway

In celebration of our 45th Anniversary and our love for fine woodworking tools, we are giving away to a single winner a set of 4 Lie-Nielsen hand tools worth more than $1000. You can enter on our website between now and May 31, 2023.
45th Anniversary Lie-Nielsen Giveaway

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A Tribute to a Fellow Woodworker, President Jimmy Carter

No matter what your politics are, it’s difficult to find fault with the memorable efforts that Jimmy Carter has made after his presidency to help make life better and healthier for millions of people all over the world. His contributions range from the Carter Center’s tireless work helping to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Africa and elsewhere, to President Carter frequently wielding a hammer himself to help build houses for Habitat For Humanity. We found his thoughtfulness, caring and kindness to be freely offered during the many years he was a regular customer at Highland Hardware.
Carter visit

President Carter's
First Purchase from
Highland Hardware

In 1981 when our company was not quite three years old, we received a call from the U.S. Secret Service. They wanted to coordinate with us a visit to our store by the now-former President, whose Presidential Library and the Carter Center were being developed just a mile down Highland Avenue from our store. Soon after the phone call, agents with ear pieces arrived to inspect our premises to make sure it was safe, (for example making sure our hardwood lumber was stacked securely enough that it would be unlikely to fall on someone). Then on Friday afternoon, March 6, 1981, President Carter arrived at Highland Hardware with a dozen Secret Service agents to purchase some woodworking hand tools. While here he also bought a copy of David Pye's seminal book, “The Nature and Art of Workmanship.”

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Letter to a Young Girl

Over the next few decades, President Carter continued stopping in person in the store a few times a year for routine purchases of tools and supplies. Occasionally he phoned in his order and a Secret Service agent came to pick up the items he needed.

A couple of years after President Carter's first visit to the store, our then 7-year-old daughter Kelley was sticking address labels on the new woodworking catalog we were mailing out to our customer list. When she came to Jimmy Carter’s address label, she penned her own short little note to the former President and slipped it into the catalog. A few days later she was thrilled to receive in the mail a kind personal note thanking her, handwritten by President Carter.

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Tage Frid and Jimmy Carter

President Carter Attends Tage Frid's Seminar
at Highland Hardware

As I was giving President Carter his first tour of our store and showing him the classroom in our basement where we taught woodworking classes, he asked if we had ever had Tage Frid (the highly respected Danish dean of American woodworking teachers) here to teach a seminar. I told him we had not. President Carter responded that if Tage Frid came here to teach a woodworking class, he would make it a point to attend. After I sent a letter to Tage Frid telling him this news, he replied that he would be delighted to come. When the class took place a year or so later, sure enough, President Carter came and participated the entire weekend. Thus began a tradition of Mr. Frid coming to Atlanta to teach a weekend woodworking class each spring for the next 11 years.

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Tage Frid class

President Carter Interviewed about his Woodworking

In one of Highland Woodworking's earliest TV episodes dating back to 2012, our host Charles Brock interviewed President Carter at his office at the Carter Center where he spoke about other well-known woodworkers whom he had met and befriended, as well as telling the story of his own journey as a woodworker.

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Jimmy Carter Shop

Take a Look
at President Carter
Inside his Workshop
in Plains, GA

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Jimmy Carter's chairs'

The AJC's "Atlanta Weekly" Features Furniture Mr. Carter Built for his Cabin

In July 1983, the AJC’s “Atlanta Weekly” magazine did a feature story on President Carter and his woodworking, describing how President Carter built all the chairs, tables and beds for their cabin on Turniptown Creek on Walnut Mountain in North Georgia.

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President Carter is a man who devoted most of his life working to help the human cause. That he's been a woodworker for a long time seems somehow poignant. On behalf of Highland Woodworking, we would like to celebrate the Carter Center by pledging to make a donation to them, and also encourage other woodworkers to donate as well. Any amount is appreciated and truly serves to help humanity. We also encourage donations to Habitat for Humanity in honor of President Jimmy Carter, who often worked as a Habitat carpenter.

We are sending our prayers for Jimmy Carter and his family as he rests in hospice care.

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