There have been a number of threads over the years about criticism, or lack thereof, on projects.
I haven’t done any serious woodworking for a few weeks – I’ve made some shelves, but that was more a “job of work” rather than anything creative (I tried to be a bit creative, but what with time-pressure too…).
I’ve spent a lot of time looking through my previous stuff, and at a lot of the pictures I’ve grabbed over the years, and doing drawings, and thinking through some ideas.
But I’m a bit stuck.
There’s something “wrong” with my work to date.
I think there are some interesting ideas in some of those things somewhere, but I don’t think I’ve been able to transform some of those ideas into “great work”.
And, honestly, “Great” is what I’m aiming for – I wrote a blog about the “Cartier box” a while back, and that still holds true – I’d like people to do a “double-take” if they were to pass and see it in a shop. That’s the aim point – I really don’t expect to actually get there, but I want to be getting a lot closer than i currently am, or at least heading in the right direction.
This example has been sitting on my desk since the day I finished it (empty, by the way). I think it’s great. But great with a small “g”.
I’ve spent hours looking at it, trying to work out how to capitalize that “g” – without success.
So, please – beat me up! – I can take it.
PS – I know my joinery sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, but don’t let that stop you.
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