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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 accl 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.


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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 accl 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.

30 review for Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charles W Black

    Interesting story of following your dreams It 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!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joni Hartman

    As a Fixer Upper fan, I am familiar with their carpenter, Clint Harp, so I have been wanting to read this story about how he came to do what he is doing. An easy read, I enjoyed the first person telling of Clint’s story. His life has been full of ups and downs, and the prices are woven together well so that the reader can easily follow. It was interesting to me that a big part of this book is the spiritual journey Clint is on. He began as a follower of Christ on mission for Him, but somewhere alon As a Fixer Upper fan, I am familiar with their carpenter, Clint Harp, so I have been wanting to read this story about how he came to do what he is doing. An easy read, I enjoyed the first person telling of Clint’s story. His life has been full of ups and downs, and the prices are woven together well so that the reader can easily follow. It was interesting to me that a big part of this book is the spiritual journey Clint is on. He began as a follower of Christ on mission for Him, but somewhere along the way began doubting his faith. By the end, it seems he is still searching. As for his woodworking skills, he was a novice when Chip and Joanna Gaines found him in Waco and asked him to start designing tables for their fixer uppers! He is either a super-confident, optimist, or a total nut-case! Somehow, he was able to use the skills he had developed mostly as a child working with his grandfather to become the woodworker he is today. I enjoyed the book and gave it 4 stars because this is the kind of story I like, involving some of my favorite people. I think when you read it, you will relate to Clint’s hardships in some way, be encouraged by his can-do attitude, and be challenged to chase your dreams, even if they seem unattainable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Sometimes life seems too good to be true with dreams becoming reality. Clint Hart dreamed of becoming a furniture maker and through a chance meeting with Chip Gaines his achieved success. This book talks about the hard lean time before his furniture was featured on Fixer Upper and his life after success. He now has his own tv show on DIY network. Clint Harp talks about the importance of family and how he learned his craft from his Grandfather. Inspiration to anyone who dreams of starting their o Sometimes life seems too good to be true with dreams becoming reality. Clint Hart dreamed of becoming a furniture maker and through a chance meeting with Chip Gaines his achieved success. This book talks about the hard lean time before his furniture was featured on Fixer Upper and his life after success. He now has his own tv show on DIY network. Clint Harp talks about the importance of family and how he learned his craft from his Grandfather. Inspiration to anyone who dreams of starting their own business or pursuing happiness. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Loved him on Fixer Upper and enjoyed reading the story of how he was able to fulfill his dream of building furniture.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katherine A Reinhardt

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Green

    I'm sure that this book will appeal to people who really love Clint without question. I've always liked him and his designs, but my interest in Fixer Upper remains the Chip-Joanna dynamic. So, I went into this intrigued enough to find out more about him and his life leading up to the show, but not so enamoured that anything he wrote would be taken as gospel. In the end, I was left liking the individual less. I don't think he was a bad person in any way, but I feel that for half of the book or mo I'm sure that this book will appeal to people who really love Clint without question. I've always liked him and his designs, but my interest in Fixer Upper remains the Chip-Joanna dynamic. So, I went into this intrigued enough to find out more about him and his life leading up to the show, but not so enamoured that anything he wrote would be taken as gospel. In the end, I was left liking the individual less. I don't think he was a bad person in any way, but I feel that for half of the book or more, he came across as self-indulgent and somewhat self-centred. He admits to this towards the end or at least partially admits to it. The biggest hurdle for me was his relationship with Kelly. She must be a woman of steel to put up with as much financial hardship and uncertainty. I get that it all meant he ended up where he is now, and that's likely paying off in many different ways, but the decision to leave a lucrative job and throw your family into chaos seemed like such a bad choice. Kelly is an incredible person. Period. I was also a bit disappointed - although I should have known and my friends told me as much - that he had a co-writer on this because it makes me question whether he held the pen or let someone else do that piece. Ugh. It is well written so kudos to Clint or his "ghost writer."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paige Gordon

    Like most others, I know about Clint from watching Fixer Upper so it was fun to get to learn more of his story. The twists and turns his family took to get where they are now make for a really engaging read and I absolutely Love the way that Clint writes - super down to earth and real. His story gives me so much hope for our own story of dream chasing and this is a book I’d definitely recommend reading if you’re at all a fan of Fixer Upper and Clint’s work. Favorite Quote: “As it goes in life, s Like most others, I know about Clint from watching Fixer Upper so it was fun to get to learn more of his story. The twists and turns his family took to get where they are now make for a really engaging read and I absolutely Love the way that Clint writes - super down to earth and real. His story gives me so much hope for our own story of dream chasing and this is a book I’d definitely recommend reading if you’re at all a fan of Fixer Upper and Clint’s work. Favorite Quote: “As it goes in life, so it goes with carpentry. While you may start out with an idea and plan for how you’re going to build something, it doesn’t always end up that way. You don’t have the pieces you need. You saw a few boards too short. You’re day doesn’t go as expected and the three hours you thought you’d have to spend in the shop turn out to be less than one. And yet you keep building. Keep hammering. Keep chiseling. Because if you sit around and wait for all the pieces to line up, for all the conditions to be perfect, you won’t make it very far.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dan Ward

    I wanted to like this book because Clint Harp seems like a likeable guy on the Fixer Upper show. I should have stopped reading after the first chapter when he explains that he only became successful because he happened to meet Chip Gaines at a gas station. The rest of the book is a somewhat normal life of struggling with a broken home, too many failed attempts at starting a carpentry business and then finally lucking into celebrity gold. If you are a huge fan of Fixer Upper maybe this is the stor I wanted to like this book because Clint Harp seems like a likeable guy on the Fixer Upper show. I should have stopped reading after the first chapter when he explains that he only became successful because he happened to meet Chip Gaines at a gas station. The rest of the book is a somewhat normal life of struggling with a broken home, too many failed attempts at starting a carpentry business and then finally lucking into celebrity gold. If you are a huge fan of Fixer Upper maybe this is the story for you. It was tough for me to slog through. Remember you should always chase your dreams. Just don't go through europe, stop and start making furniture more times than I can count, succeed in medical sales and then move to waco without savings to start a business unless there is someone who can put you on tv and make you famous....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    “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 2018 Thanks to Touchstone and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Handcrafted #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I picked this one up because I wanted to know more about Clint Harp, the carpenter from Fixer Upper and Wood Work on HGTV and DIY. This is one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read! If you have ever had a dream of starting your own company, but didn’t know if you should do it, this is the book to read. Clint shares his and his wife’s story and dreams about starting their company and their struggles along the way. I absolutely loved this book, and will be going back to reread this I picked this one up because I wanted to know more about Clint Harp, the carpenter from Fixer Upper and Wood Work on HGTV and DIY. This is one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read! If you have ever had a dream of starting your own company, but didn’t know if you should do it, this is the book to read. Clint shares his and his wife’s story and dreams about starting their company and their struggles along the way. I absolutely loved this book, and will be going back to reread this one as I need inspiration again!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Bogaard

    Was/am a fan of "Fixer Upper" TV show and appreciated the carpentry skills of Clint Harp. Saw the episode when the renovation of the Harp's home was featured on the show. It was interesting to learn Clint and Kelly's backstory -- of all the ups and downs in his career, the variety of jobs, the influence of his grandfather on his dream to become a furniture maker and how that dream finally became a reality which included it's own ups and downs. My father was a well-respected carpenter/cabinet mak Was/am a fan of "Fixer Upper" TV show and appreciated the carpentry skills of Clint Harp. Saw the episode when the renovation of the Harp's home was featured on the show. It was interesting to learn Clint and Kelly's backstory -- of all the ups and downs in his career, the variety of jobs, the influence of his grandfather on his dream to become a furniture maker and how that dream finally became a reality which included it's own ups and downs. My father was a well-respected carpenter/cabinet maker, which made Clint's story even more interesting to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Wilcox

    This was an interesting story about how Clint Harp became the well-known carpenter he is today, but I didn’t feel like this was super compelling. Sure, he worked hard and put his dream to the test, but his fame was also majorly tied into Chip and Joanna’s fame, so in some ways he just got REALLY lucky. I much preferred Chip and Joanna’s book, because this one read more like a list of chronological events rather than a memoir. Still, I do like Clint Harp and think he deserves the success he’s enj This was an interesting story about how Clint Harp became the well-known carpenter he is today, but I didn’t feel like this was super compelling. Sure, he worked hard and put his dream to the test, but his fame was also majorly tied into Chip and Joanna’s fame, so in some ways he just got REALLY lucky. I much preferred Chip and Joanna’s book, because this one read more like a list of chronological events rather than a memoir. Still, I do like Clint Harp and think he deserves the success he’s enjoying.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Although the author is a celebrity of reality television, I did not know that when I picked up this book. I expected a memoir about a life in woodworking. However this is a book not about woodworking, but about risk-taking, being true to oneself, and understanding that a "calling" can take many forms. I expect anyone who is familiar with the author from his tenure on television would thoroughly enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    D D Cristofano

    This story is inspiring and emotional. I found myself reading it without being able to put it down. Clint writes from the heart and this is apparent in each paragraph. I felt completely engulfed in the story and comparing it all to my own life decisions. Excellent guide on how to live one's dreams to their fullest. The story also reminds us just how many people are actually involved in an individual's life-journey.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A good book by Clint from Fixer Upper that follow his story from being a kid through to being famous on Fixer Upper and then getting his own show. Nice to see that he never gave up and kept on going. An inspriring read, especially for those people who have an idea for a business and need a bit of encouragement (although there are plenty of warning tales in the book!)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marge

    Anyone who's watched HGTV's "Fixer Upper" will think they know the furniture builder Clint Harp. But his back story includes so much more, including a hard life that never seemed to get him down. I thought I would skim this book but read every bit. Sure, it might have been written a lot by a ghost writer but the story is told well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I rarely read a book in one day but I found myself churning thought this book in a matter of hours. Clint’s story of dreaming and hoping is incredibly inspiring. The courage to face so many challenges and yet still find a way to make a dream a reality is something that will stick with me for a long time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    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!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Enjoyable, funny, and inspirational. Clint's life journey is like everyone's journey yet like everyone's journey it is unique to him. I love his humor and determination, the way he let's you into his head while going through his trials along the journey that is his life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katrenia

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Bush

    Quick read. Inspiring.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Quite a journey Clint has been on, to his current popularity and success.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    An interesting, honest account of following your heart and finding your path.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    Nice book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Hudson

    My dad knows Clint because they used to go to church together, and now my family watches Fixer Upper, so this was fun to read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Martin

    my favorite part about this book is when my dad, aged mid-20’s says “screw it” because he doesn’t wanna do any work.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Tarbox

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