Today was one of the most humiliating and degrading days of my life. I made some casings for a customer and glanced at the work order, it said 12’ boards, I made 10’. Another order called out a (1) 3/4” board, and (4) 1” boards, I made them all 1”. Today I had my eyes opened to competency. I was in such a hurry and didn’t even realize the mistakes I had made. The bad part is my items made it past quality control, so I guess he too was competent. We get so set in rushing that it is easy to ovelook major details. Needless to say, I was pulled into the managers office, (closed door), and had a talking to. The taliking really was a low blow, I felt like I wasn’t that great of a woodworker, and my stomach actually ached after it was all said and done. After the talk we went out on the floor and talked about other things and he found one of my leftovers from the post caps that I posted a little while back, and said they weren’t really that good either. The miters sucked and the bases weren’t perfectly square. “They really looked like sh!*”,he said. Well I really felt bad, he had hit me with a blow that I had a hard time recovering from. I prayed about it, and tried to strum along and get back into the motion of things, taking more time and paying closer attention to detail. I try! I just really messed up today, I hope I can find it in me to continue on with what I do, and not quit. What was said to me today really hurt, and I am beginning to second guess myself. There wasn’t any positive and hasn’t been. I am sorry that I vent on here as much as I do, but this is the only place that I know of where everyone knows what it takes to be a good woodworker, and love what they do. I figured I could get some kind of support though, this place seems to be a pretty strong brotherhood and I appreciate that.
Don’t let competency get in the way, don’t get too set in the way you do things and overlook major and minor details. I don’t wish what I through today on anybody.
-- I wear sawdust for deodorant!