Handcrafted
Clint Harp, maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit Fixer Upper and the star of Wood Work on the DIY Network, presents his inspirational memoir that celebrates meaningful work, turning your craft into a career, and recognizing the importance of the journey itself.While Clint Harp is now known as Chip and Joanna Gaines’s go-to table maker on Fixer Upper and a nationally acclaimed artisan, his life has not always been the DIY dream we see on the show. Ten years ago, he played the role of what he thought was a good husband, father, and provider, dutifully working at a sales job that came with a healthy paycheck. Yet he kept coming back to his unfilled dream of building furniture. With the support of his wife, the encouragement of a mentor, and a life full of lessons, he finally took the leap, quit his job and set out on a quest to become a carpenter. Without formal training, financing, workspace, or customers, the Harps were quickly on the edge of financial collapse. Than Clint met Chip Gaines at a gas station—a chance encounter that marked the next chapter on a wild ride Clint and his wife, Kelly, wouldn’t have imagined possible.Spanning Clint’s remarkable journey—from a childhood learning carpentry and hard work at his grandfather’s knee, through his struggles to balance pursuing his dreams with supporting his family, to his partnership with Chip and Joanna Gaines and the many adventures and misadventures of filming Fixer Upper—Handcrafted is part memoir and part manual for dreamers. Clint provides unvarnished, thoughtful reflections on a path that is possible for anyone bold enough to pursue it.

Handcrafted Details

TitleHandcrafted
Author
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
ISBN-139781501188985
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Handcrafted Review

  • Charles W Black
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story of following your dreamsIt was interesting to follow the fixer upper story and understand how fixer upper touched so many lives in Waco, Texas.Love the show and all the characters!!
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved him on Fixer Upper and enjoyed reading the story of how he was able to fulfill his dream of building furniture.
  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Clint and Kelly Harp's "backstory" isn't what you'd think.I really enjoyed the way Clint told his story using the stages of building a table.The illustrations were simple but beautiful.
  • Katherine A Reinhardt
    January 1, 1970
    Great book.Through years watching Fixer Upper, I always especially enjoyed the parts with Clint. I wanted to know more about him and his family. Now,delightfully, I know more -- much more. This book is VERY interesting. Even though the Harps do not know me, I am just plain proud of them. They have determination and integrity -- a fine example of inspiration.
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  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    “Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story” by Clint Harp is the pull ‘em up by the bootstraps bio of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ carpenter from Fixer Upper. Clint tells it true ... the real deal of solopreneurship, as one who leapt free from a good-paying sales job to pursue his dream of being a full-time furniture maker. With his wife and family to feed, the early days proved near disastrous, until Clint’s serendipitous encounter with Chip at a gas station that led to work with the Gaines, airtime on Fixe “Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story” by Clint Harp is the pull ‘em up by the bootstraps bio of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ carpenter from Fixer Upper. Clint tells it true ... the real deal of solopreneurship, as one who leapt free from a good-paying sales job to pursue his dream of being a full-time furniture maker. With his wife and family to feed, the early days proved near disastrous, until Clint’s serendipitous encounter with Chip at a gas station that led to work with the Gaines, airtime on Fixer Upper, and his own show, Wood Work on the DIY Network. Perhaps more than skill, mentorship, or money, we learn that faith and persistence are the most important equipment to have in a carpenter’s toolkit. Highly recommended!Pub Date 25 Sep 2018Thanks to Touchstone and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Handcrafted #NetGalley
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Clint has long been my favorite face on Fixer Upper and I was thrilled to read his book. It was an easy enjoyable read all about the path Clint has taken in his life. Through ups & downs, his story is funny, sad and inspirational. He teaches us to NEVER give up on your dreams. Fantastic read!!
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  • Tucker (The Library Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't really enjoying this as it mostly focuses on carpentry. Those interest ed in that will definitely enjoy this memoir though.Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an Advanced Reader's Copy.
  • Katrenia
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed watching Clint on Fixer Upper and the book reads just as I perceived him to be. The focus on their lack of money and being overextended just made me sad. I’d venture to guess most people in their situation would have filed bankruptcy. It’d be an awful way to live.
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  • Cherie Bush
    January 1, 1970
    Quick read. Inspiring.
  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting, honest account of following your heart and finding your path.
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