Cint Harp On Atlanta, Against The Grain & A Little Show Called Fixer Upper
Before he arrives in town (his first stop? The Varsity), we talked to him about all things woodworking, what’s next for him with Chip and Joanna Gaines and his Atlanta faves.
Q: As someone who always dreamed of being a wood worker, what is it about building furniture that appealed to you? I think all of us have creative muscles inside of us…we don’t all use them, but they are there! I’m wired to work with my hands, to create, to sweat, to love working with raw material such as wood. Working with wood, building things…I’m using all the creative muscles inside of me that are begging to be used!
Q. When budget is no object, what is your favorite wood species to craft furniture with? Anything antique for sure!! Old growth wood is the best…really old white oak has a look to it that just cannot be created in a “faux” type of way. Companies that have torn down old structures and kept all that old growth wood are my favorite places to shop for lumber. And if I just have to work with some teak -- well I’m pretty happy about that too!
Q. What do suggest as a great intro project for getting kids into working with DIY wood projects? During the pandemic, Kelly and I jumped in the yard and built a bunch of raised bed gardens with our kids. Such great time with our little fam of five! But don’t start with that!!! Ha! While we were building the gardens, my two daughters and my son grabbed scrap wood and asked if they could make a small table with little benches. Seriously the simplest thing! And they felt so proud and wanted to do more. So start simple. Don’t worry about fancy joinery and all that…just screw some boards together and make a little bench and table to sit on outside and see what you think. If you had fun, do it again and get more complicated and intricate at your own pace!
On Fixer Upper
Q. What question do you get asked the most about Fixer Upper? Or a certain episode people always want to know about? People always want to know what my favorite project was, or what it was like to work with the Gaines'. Simply put, it’s hard to pinpoint one favorite as they all hold such unique memories and were such an important part of my life at that time. And working with the Gaines' is and was a blast!
Q. What additions to Atlanta since you lived here are you most excited about? Atlanta has grown into such an energetic, creative, and diverse town and one that is leading in many wonderful ways in very tough times. I’m so proud of my city and for the fact that this is literally where my journey began. So much craft is sprouting up, urban farming, culinary experiences, and a community of folks who really care about this city which has undoubtedly produced some of the most influential voices for love and equality that our world has ever seen.