I see a trend among the newer members of LJ and also of various woodworking forums to not contribute until they think that their project is ‘good enough’. I also see references to various items as ‘real’ projects as in ‘my first real project’. I know that seeing some of the amazing artisans here and elsewhere can be somewhat daunting, especially to the very new people, but I would like to think that people still feel comfortable posting all of their projects, and not just the best of the best.
When I look through projects, I am certainly inspired by some of the superb work that I see here, but I also wonder how much I really learn from a flawless piece with no mistakes made. On the other hand, when I look at a project that has several mistakes, it puts my head in the mindset of ‘what would I have done here?’ and ‘have I made this mistake before?’ I also love it when I see people who post both their mistake, AND how they fixed it. To me, I’ll take one of those posts over 20 flawless stepback highboy hosts, any day of the week.
So this is my plea. Whether you’re new to the craft, or an old skilled hack, show me the ugly, the decrepit, the unskilled, and the just plain awful projects.
I think we’ll all learn a lot.