Clint Harper, known for his carpentry skills on HGTV's Fixer Upper and Wood Work on the DIY Network, shares his inspirational story that celebrates meaningful work, transforming your craft into a career, and recognizing the value of the journey itself.
While viewers see Clint Harp as Chip and Joanna Gaines's preferred table maker on Fixer Upper and an acclaimed artisan, his life has not always been centered around the Do-It Yourself (DIY) dream. Just ten years ago, he was doing the best he could to be a decent husband, father, and provider, working at a sales job that came with steady pay. He kept coming back to this unfulfilled dream of building furniture. With the loving 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 mission to become a carpenter. With no formal training, financing, workspace, or customers, the Harps were quickly on the edge of financial ruin. Then, through a chance encounter, Clint met Chip Gaines at a gas station. This marked the next chapter in his life, that began a wild ride that Clint and Kelly, his wife, never would have imagined to be possible.
Handcrafted is part memoir and part manual for dreamers, as it spans Clint's childhood where he learned carpentry from his grandfather, through his struggles to balance pursuing his dreams with supporting his family, to his inevitable partnership with Chip and Joanna Gaines and their adventures and misadventures of filming Fixer Upper. Clint shares unvarnished and thoughtful reflections on a path that is possible for all who are bold enough to pursue it.