Handcrafted

A Woodworker's Story
Narrated by: Clint Harp
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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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 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. Then 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.

©2018 Clint Harp (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
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Great book! Very inspiring!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Clint’s story was nothing like I would have imagined. He is a brave man in many ways, although I don’t think he sees himself that way, and his wife Kelly is an amazing woman for walking beside him in his dreams. May God bless them, their marriage, and their families!

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  • 11-21-18

loved it<br />

I am very glad I purchased the book. very good. would recommend. love it was read by the author.

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Love it!! ....and you will to. Please Reed

This book, the Magnolia Story, and Capital Gains !!! All three books have amazing stories that are simple and touch your heart and renew your faith and help you to know you’re going to be OK no matter what if you believe it. I highly recommend reading these books or listening to these books, or both! Buy a copy and highlighting what inspires you because they all three are amazing books and Clint,?Joanna, and Chip are a wonderful inspiration for the time that we live in today.

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Liked it, too much religion, more carpentry please

I'm a fan of Fixer Upper and a DIY-er myself. My husband is a carpenter and I wanted to know more about that part of Clint's life. He got around to talking about that in the second half of the book. The behind the scenes stories about Fixer Upper and the stories about his growing business were the parts I enjoyed the most. The first half of the book, however, had too much religion for my taste. He narrates it well and I enjoyed listening to it (increased speed to 1.15).

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Honestly So so - Not Genuine

I loved both Gaines books so I hoped this was going to be a follow up good listen. Maybe I should not have listened to this right after listening to Magnolia Story and Capital Gaines, which I adored. I didn't find it as genuine. Clint was pretty good as far as narration.

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Enjoyed this, but a little disappointed

I really like Clint. His story is really interesting and fun to listen to. However, he seems to be saying that he thinks God doesn’t care about the details and what choices we make. We’re just supposed to follow our heart. But, when I read my bible I read that God not only cares about the details of our lives but He actually wants to be involved and part of all of it. All you have to do is read Psalms and the lives of Moses, David, Job, Peter or Paul to find God intimately involved in the smallest fear, longing, pain or indecision. That’s why Jesus said He was leaving so the Comforter could come. The Holy Spirit is intimately aware of every choice and cares which road we choose to take. I just wanted to interject that. In case anyone is searching. God sent His only Son, Jesus so we could have a personal relationship with God through our relationship with Jesus.

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Loved it!

I absolutely loved this book! It’s a great story if you love Fixer Upper! Very enjoyable!

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Perfect timing!

Perfect timing! Clint’s book speaks to me! I am changed. Moving forward, embracing change, hardship, success, and sharing it with those who know your soul, priceless!

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  • 08-21-19

Great book!

I loved Clint Harp on Fixer Upper, saw him speak at a garden show, and was excited to read his book. It is an engaging and down to earth story, and one I'd recommend to anyone. He didn't start out as an expert, but followed his dream to becomethe person he wanted to be.

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An Enjoyable Listen

Great story and even better storytelling!
Clint has a real talent for engaging the listener.