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"Apply. The. Overnights on CCA. Oh. We've been speaking with Clint harp a book out, that's just fabulous handcrafted, the Woodworkers story. And he is of course, the craftsman from the HDTV show fixer upper end his own show woodwork and Clint thank you so much for being willing to hang around. I can't tell you much. I very rarely do we ask your guest to hang around. So it's actually quite a compliment to you. Thank you. Thank you so much for have or is because I'm a very disorganized host. One of the two. Before I forget I wanted to ask you the sketches in the pork. Did you draw? Those the beginning chapter. You know, what those are sketches by a dear friend of not only mine, but really my wife. Her name is Darah deems good. And she my wife grew up with her in Tyler and she's an amazing artist. And I reached out to arouse in the book and said, hey, would you do some sketches, and she was all in the teller their fabulous. Now. Let's talk about the the pilot. You guys did some filming. Were you a nervous wreck doing that? And I I wasn't a nervous wreck. I I was I was. I was probably a wreck and other ways just because there's just so much that goes into making these shows, I think, you know, that's one of the things that people, you know, probably can't totally grasp. Because of course, we're just we're being entertained by it, we don't know everything that goes into it. And you know, I don't know what goes into making like a sitcom. Let's say. Imagine part of it is memorizing lines and plays it, and and, you know, just a physical humor of the whole thing or whatever it might be. But on top of doing that, you know, we've actually got to build something while we're making the show, and like, it's a real thing. It's like, you know at the job, and and so there's just a ton of work that's going on because you're not only try to look good on television and do the right thing. But you've also got these clients that are paying money who expect the job done. Well, and and and as they should and and so, you know, there's a lot of nerves wrapped around that as well. Sure. Now for that for the pilot you doing a home, and you had to build was it a center island, and was it a a hood van? I'm trying to remember them. I may be mixing up stories here. But you again, you had been up all night. You had the tea table flip over on you and cut your leg. But you didn't get along sleep. Like like, maybe forty five minutes our sleep before you had to be there. And they were filming. Well, yeah, you fell asleep. Yeah. Okay. So those are funny. That's so those are a couple of different stories. So so I had I had done some projects for Joanna before. And and before the first kind of sale that she did out of her house that I was a part of I had worked on night and cut my leg and all this crazy stuff. Yeah. It was it was not. And, but it was one of those stories of you know, you sometimes when your back's against the wall, you just kind of have to do whatever you gotta do. And that was one of those moments for me where it was like, I haven't made any money in months and had this opportunity to sell some furniture through her home show, not the one that was being filmed on television. But she was literally cheating avid show at that point. She was just selling furniture out of her house selling and so she asked me to make some tables. I made them about chop my leg. I'll do it. And and got them done. Just in time, you know, with no sleep, and they get cell when we actually did the the pilot episode of fixer upper. That was you know, a few a few months down the road. And you know, it was just it was a crazy time that was just one of those things where they'd already been filming for a few days. And then they asked me to come in, and and shoot some scenes with Joanna. And and and you know, I I think I talked about the book where we never really filmed scenes like that ever again where she had about twenty different ideas of what she wanted to do. And the cameras were just capturing the whole thing was like long drawn out. Like, what is happening, you know, and. But you know, it was just sort of the beginning stages of it. And but I can say every every time after that it was pretty much like all right? Here's what I want towards the end season five. There were more of those longer scenes where we were sort of figuring out. But it was because we were kind of more collaborated together like on the spot. And you know, she was relying on the, hey, what do you think here? And we were just sorta kinda, you know, do our hang right there as we filming. And and it was great. And and you know, what a what a cool deal for me to be able to say that, you know, for those five seasons fixer upper van. I was I was her go to carpenter and that that's an honored. Absolutely. Were you shocked when citizen watches called? And they wanted you to endorse their product. Yeah. Why? But yes, I was I recently put a picture of myself on my Instagram feed. My my stepdad found a picture of me when he saw the book cover it reminded of heavily younger picture of me. That I was like the exact same pose. So we had Christian at my office. She's our photographer, and and she does a lot. She's just amazing. This is one of our directors, actually. And and so she she took it to Photoshop and she made a new cover of the book with his old picture. But in that picture of me is like a little nine or ten year old whatever it was I'm wearing a single that watch because I've always loved watches, man. And and so when my agent called me and said, hey, I I've got a request, and you won't believe it, you know, but citizen watches wants you to be their spokesperson there males first spokesperson. And I was like. Okay. Again, why? I actually do love watches, and so sure of all and that was really really fun and crazy deal Clinton twenty years ago. Would you ever of imagined writing a book and doing an endorsement for a watch company? No, you know, I said it many times I did want to write a book. I've wanted to write a book for a long time. I never would have imagined that it would have been an opportunity that, you know, quite frankly. You know, it wasn't as tough for me, obviously. Because of who you know, I am on the show. And and and my exposure with fixer upper how big that show was that opportunity was out there for me to do if I wanted to invest the time and really do it. And you know, and I respect all those authors who have written many books and have never gotten the nod from the publisher and have never got to do it or have had to just self publishing and work really hard on on both ends of it you notice shrine even get people to read it. And and and so I always wanted to do it. But the opportunity that I got to do it was just hands down a dream come true and something I don't take for granted. And I really and truly did sit down for, you know, four straight months. It took me three years to write it, but four straight months of actual just solid writing in the library. I had a writing coach Michelle Burford up in New York and. And and she walked with me through the steps every step of it. But you know, if you were to put her on the show today, he would tell you, you know, Clinton really did write it, you know, and I coached him through it that he really did. Right because that was my desire from the beginning was to actually do it. And almost wanted to do it almost out of respect for all those people that had all have always wanted to write a book. I've tried not gotten published and it was like if I'm gonna get this opportunity man, I'm gonna live and die by the sword. Here. I'm going to put it down. I'm I'm gonna ride on the paper myself. And and and I did and you know for better for worse. It's out there. And and so proud that I got to do it. And I just appreciate you know, your encouragement on it. And and and and that you like it we all relate to it. And and you you write very well. Now, let's talk about the the pilot. You guys got together at a barbecue restaurant in Waco. What was that? Like. You know that watching a really cool moment. I mean, we saw the pilots 'cause it's funny. If you read the book, there's like a whole bunch of different pilots. You know, there was we shot three pilots for our own show years down the road. And and so, but the pilot you're talking about obviously is a fixer upper pilot, right, right? Two thousand thirteen I think is that aired somewhere around there and. Yeah, that was that was a cool moment we met out here in Waco at at a p tax barbecue. And and you know, obviously, there's just a thrill like oh my gosh. There's Kevin gel on television. To me, the whole owners, you know, we know this. There's oh my gosh there. I am. Lawn. And in our little town of Waco was was on TV, and obviously waco's been through a lot through the years. And and and it was just neat that it was that it happened that it was on. And and of course, everybody their loved it because it was just like it was just so great. And we're all friends with chicken Joe. And would just you know, it was just an exciting night. But then the news started trickling over the next couple of days that it was just received. So well in the TV world, they look at ratings, and, you know, do your numbers go up throughout the show. Right. And and the word was that the numbers just kept going up and up and up throughout the whole hour of the show, and and they moved pretty quickly. And and and gave that thing a season and off we went. What was just a great story? Clint it's it's been such an honor to have you one. And I just, you know, again, this book handcrafted woodworker story. I can't recommend it enough. It is a great read. And you don't have to be a carpenter. This is a story about about Clinton Kelly's life in their family. And it's it's a it's a great story of indomitable spirit, and perseverance I've said that before and it's true. It's a story of their life and the struggles, and and how they saw through it all Clint thank you so much for for joining us tonight. I know it's it's a late night for you. And I are coming on the show know listen now, thank you so much and I'll be up in in Minnesota come March. I believe it's in March for a home show up there. So wonderful wonderful. Yes. So be my first time up there. And and I'm looking forward to it. Thank you so much for having me on the show on again. Thank you so much for the encouragement on the look at my hope was that people would read it and see themselves in my story. Just like I would see myself in your story. Al if I heard it because we all have more in common than than not. And that's something I truly believe, and as we share our stories, I think we can come closer as a as a as a nation and as a as a world, you know, we really need to agree with you more one bit of advice in March bring some warm clothes. Foot of snow or two feet of snow. You never know or it can be fifty degrees. You just never know. I'll do it. Glenn? Thank you so much. I can't thank you enough. We have a great night when they take care. Bye. Bye. All right. You take care. Thank you. That is Clint harp. Again. His book is handcrafted a woodworker story. And of course, we've seen him on fixer upper and now his own show woodwork, which is a great show in itself. But once again, the book is all about life and the struggles that we go through and again, we can all relate to it. And it's just a wonderful wonderful read handcrafted, the publisher is touched on you can get an import stores everywhere. Or if you want to go on Amazon, you can do that as well. Well, we're going to open the lines up for the rest of the night phone number six five one nine eight nine nine two to six an toll free eight six six nine eight nine nine two two six.."