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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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  • Laurie
  • DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI, United States
  • 10-18-18

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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Inspiring!

looked for a true believer, go getter and risk taker...found it all here.
loved sharing it with my husband.

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Some spots are a little slow, but overall good!

It was nice to learn about Clint Harp! So many obstacles he overcame. Very inspiring to someone like me who loves to hear good outcomes when the odds are stacked. Not real action packed or anything, just your basic good story.

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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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Down to earth

Very inspiring to know even famous people struggle day to day and got where they by working hard, sacrificing and having an amazing partner to make this journey with.

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Hit super close to home

I loved this book! It reminded me of my own life. It was really good to see and hear the back story to things like this. a lot of times in life we see people's success, but don't see the users of hard work and struggle that lead up to it. this is a raw story, read by the author (which is amazing, I love it when the author reads their own book) outlining the struggle he went through to achieve his dream. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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So good to hear from Clint

My first audible book and I love that it was done with Clint. I love this book and so appreciate his story.,

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Truth for all who have ears to hear it

great story that hopefully would spur on anyone whose looking to leap into the unknown. Clint and Kelly have it figured out. thank you for writing your story

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Listen to this!!!

If you loved the realness of fixer upper, this is just as real. Clint you are definitely an inspiration and thanks for being so honest and sharing your story! I loved it!!!!