What fans need to know about Clint from Fixer Upper

If you're a fan of the show Fixer Upper, you know that Joanna Gaines just happens to know this amazingly talented carpenter. She can take pretty much any design her brilliant mind can conceive to this guy, and he makes it happen. That guy's name is Clint Harp, and he is extremely good at what he does. And while he's not an unknown (unless you're not obsessive HGTV watchers like us — and who isn't?) he's certainly not a household name all over the world. He is, however, seriously awesome and we want to know more about him! So here are some things you might not know about Fixer Upper's Clint Harp.

He always knew he wanted to make things

Clint says building is absolutely in his blood. In an interview with DIY Network, he said, "I was definitely the weird kid hanging out at a friend's house saying, 'Hey, let's go build something…like, let's just find some wood in your dad's garage and just make something!'"

In the same article, he says he got the building bug from his grandfather, who built Colonial-style homes and let Clint work with him when he was little. He said, "Watching him notch out massive timbers and beams and building things in a way that carpenters have been doing things for hundreds of years gave me an appreciation for going a little bit farther to do things in a way that will last for a long time." That work ethic is obvious in the things he would come to build for Joanna Gaines, and for the business he would eventually own.

He got encouragement from his grandpa

Clint never stopped building things. He'd been building things in his garage with the few tools he had, according to Statesman, and when he showed his grandfather, he gave him money for more tools. In another interview, he said "He sent me $1,250 when I was 25 and I bought my first tools, which ended up being the same tools with which I built our company Harp Design Co."

He gave up a six-figure corporate job to get his hands dirty

For a while, Clint had a job in medical sales, so he didn't have a lot of time for woodwork. It wasn't his calling, but the six-figure salary made it hard to step away. He kept on building things in his free time, honing his craft and hunting construction sites and the scrap piles for lumber. In 2011, he made the leap — quitting his full time job to concentrate on building furniture, according to Statesman. His wife was supportive, and wanted a career change herself, so the family moved from Houston to a small apartment in Waco — meaning Clint's tools went into storage, and his wife went back to school. "My wife and I took a leap to try and go for this dream with no idea where it was going to take us," he told the Waco Tribune.

That first year in Waco, Clint volunteered full-time for Habitat for Humanity, mostly as a nod to his grandmother. It was noble work, but not one that paid the bills. "I'm thinking, 'I've brought my family out here. We have no money. I have no job. I have nowhere to even build furniture, what was I thinking?" he told the Baylor Business Review.

Chip Gaines changed his life forever

Of all places, he met Chip Gaines at a gas station. "As we're sitting there pumping gas, a black truck with Magnolia on the side pulls up. I get out and ask if he knows a guy named Chip, and it's him… He invited us to dinner at his house, where I met [Gaines' wife] Joanna, and I talked about my ideas for building furniture. Literally six months after that meeting we filmed a pilot for HGTV," he told MRT.

Once he got hooked up with Chip, his only problem was the lack of a shop, but that problem solved itself, thanks to old connections. "Thanks to the director of Waco's Habitat for Humanity, at just the right time, I was afforded the opportunity to rent Habitat's old shop for $25 a month," he told DIY Network. There's nothing like everything coming together all at once, right?

One table leg started a beautiful relationship

Clint had an "in" with the Gaines family, but he still needed to prove his game. Finally in a shop space of his own, Clint started in earnest trying to turn table legs. "One day in particular I tried to make a leg, and it took me basically all day, and by the time I was done, I didn't even like it," he told DIY Network. "My wife liked the leg, and my kids took it and covered it in encouraging stickers. I took it back to the shop and leaned it in the corner. A couple of weeks later, Jo stopped by with designs, and she really wanted a turned leg for her farm tables. She looked over in the corner and saw the leg covered in my kids' stickers and said, 'That's it. I love it! Use that for the Magnolia Farms tables.'" After that, the relationship was sealed.

He and Kelly are as goofy as Chip and Joanna

Clint and Kelly have a wonderful relationship, and it shows in many of their photos. They support each other's pursuits, and have a good time in the process. The couple met at Baylor University (the same place Chip and Joanna met) and they aren't afraid to get silly on social media. They even had a pilot that aired in June 2016 of a show called Against the Grain, that would follow Harp Design activities. The pilot didn't get picked up, but they're just getting started.

Once Fixer Upper gained popularity, Kelly left grad school to help with Clint's business, and he was able to hire employees. With a little leg up from Joanna and Chip, Clint is a craftsman of note and is living his dream.

"I had all these different visions of what this [was] going to be, but ultimately, I wanted to work with my hands, build furniture and build a company where other people would want to work," he told the Baylor Business Review. "We wanted to include other craftsmen and craftswomen who do their own thing. We had this vision of a store filled with not only goods that we make, but also goods that other people make, and information about those people. We're getting to do that now."

He does speaking engagements, and they're inspiring

Clint often does speaking engagements where he tells his remarkable story. "I just want to get out there, share our story, and inspire people to start a journey of their own. I'm not going to tell anyone else to throw caution to the wind, but those struggles are part of our story," he told Dallas Culture Map. "I'm going to share all of the details you don't get on Fixer Upper. I find that in telling that, people feel hope."

Through it all, faith has been his mainstay

Throughout their amazing journey, Clint and Kelly have counted on their faith to get through hard times. They've faced some pretty scary times, but ultimately, their faith that Clint's real passion would be their family's support got them through. And look at them today. Clint and Kelly are just getting started, and we can't wait to see what's next.

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