Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

by Clint Harp


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A moving and inspirational memoir from the beloved maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit Fixer Upper that shows how to turn your hobbies and craft into a career and celebrates the power of meaningful work.

Now known to the countless fans of Fixer Upper as Chip and Joanna Gaines’s go-to table maker and acclaimed artisan, Clint Harp hasn’t always lived the DIY dream we see on the show. Ten years ago, he was dutifully working at a sales job that, while it provided security for his family, did nothing to help him achieve his unfulfilled dreams 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, quitting his job and setting out on the 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 could never 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 UpperHandcrafted is part memoir and part manual for dreamers of all backgrounds. “From the floor of his first shop to the foundations of Habitat for Humanity houses, to building furniture for the world to see, Clint Harp is living a handcrafted life” (President Jimmy Carter).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501188992
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 245,212
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper as the dumpster-diving, reclaimed wood-loving carpenter and furniture artisan. He and his wife, Kelly, own and operate their business, Harp Design Co. The Harp family lives in Waco, Texas. Handcrafted is Clint’s first book.

Table of Contents

A Seed Is Planted 1

Part 1 Laborer

Chapter 1 Milled 7

Chapter 2 Splintered 17

Chapter 3 Setting Up Shop 31

Chapter 4 Blueprints 47

Chapter 5 Raw Materials 67

Part 2 Craftsman

Chapter 6 Wood Grain 83

Chapter 7 Rough Cuts 99

Chapter 8 Handcrafted 115

Chapter 9 In the Groove 135

Chapter 10 Leg Work 145

Chapter 11 Varying Grits 157

Part 3 Journeyman

Chapter 12 Chiseled 173

Chapter 13 Joinery 185

Chapter 14 Final Touches 199

Chapter 15 A Strong Finish 215

Chapter 16 Around This Table 227

Acknowledgments 235

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