I hate critics

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Blog entry by Rustic posted 06-27-2009 05:27 PM 2261 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I was checking the stock at the craft mall when the owner who used to make cribbage boards professionally commented on my cribbage boards. He told me that I needed a start point on the boards. He said that is the way it is supposed to be. Well, the template that I have is from Rockler and I was just using the template. He told me that the template was wrong. I was cordial about it and told him that I appreciate his input. But deep down I was pissed. So as of today I am pulling my boards from the craft mall. I need to come up with something to replace them. I think I am going to try my hand at cutting boards and step stools.

I am also on a week long vacation (not by choice). I got the call on Friday that I was not to go to work on Monday and needed to call the agency next thurs. or fri. to find out when I go back to work. So on Monday I am putting my application into some other places to get hired directly. I am really tired of temp agencies.

On the upside I have more time for my craft.

Just thought that I would keep ya posted.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 06-27-2009 06:19 PM

Rustic although you don’t say who you are angry with I hope your ire is directed at Rockler (assuming the owner is correct). If Rockler’s pattern doesn’t conform to the rules of the game that’s a problem they should remedy. However, there is a lesson here for everyone, before we embark on a project we should make sure we understand/verify all the technical aspects.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#2 posted 06-27-2009 07:34 PM

If you feel the criticism was incorrect then you should feel free to say so.So long as you are firm but poilte then it should be fine if however you have a suspicion that the critic was correct then that is a different matter.I don’t like working with the public for this reason the world is full of I know it better types and they are full of delight in pointing out that you are a nothing without their help. Why not and just forget it and carry on you cannot allow this one mans criticism to allow you to fall down at the forst hurdle, otherwise you will always be unsure of yourself .I say have fun and remember he is just another opinion no more no less big deal in other words. Alistair ps keep you spirits up

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 06-27-2009 07:36 PM

Hey Rustic
Every were you go there’s are going to be critics no matter what you do from how you itch your nose to how you make things. Maybe you critic was correct maybe not but my experience is that the only thing critics are good at are being critical. In my work I run across them there the guy next door that says that deck is all wrong but doesn’t even own a screw driver. So whether are critics are right or wrong we press forward and fix it if it’s wrong and ignore it if other wise. It’s easy for us all to be extra sensitive about what we build because we put pride in what we do and strive for perfection.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-27-2009 08:02 PM

You know the definition of an expert- “A guy from out of town with video tape”.

Did a quick search and found this:

“The board shown above is a very old board indeed inscribed (H.W. Strawberry Hill 1765), courtesy Gerry Aldous of British Colombia.”


I don’t notice “Start Point” here. Maybe the professional is wrong?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-27-2009 09:14 PM

Instead of looking at the historical record it might be more useful to determine what the current market conditions are for this product. Using the historical version as a model one could argue that these boards shouldn’t be made with any storage, which is a common (but not universal) feature now. Perhaps historical accuracy shouldn’t be the driving force behind cribbage board design.

The store owner has a vested interest in the products he is displaying for sale doesn’t he? This isn’t exactly the same as the neighbor leaning over the fence telling you how you are building your deck wrong, now is it?

An attitude that dismisses information when it contradicts your own belief is an attitude that impedes learning and can lead to bad outcomes.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#6 posted 06-27-2009 09:48 PM

The opinion that matters is the customer’s. If they sold without, that is your answer. If they did not sell, try adding to it.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#7 posted 06-27-2009 10:49 PM

The thing that has bothered me is that I have only sold 1 since I have been making them. Thank you everyone for you comments. I am feeling much better.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 06-27-2009 11:02 PM

You said you only sold 1 board and the critic “used” to make them, professionally. Why did he stop?

Maybe it is not your design that is the problem. Maybe, as “jl” pointed out, the local market just isn’t into cribbage.

However, to criticize your product, just because it is different than his, is petty- in my opinion.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 06-27-2009 11:23 PM

I may just try a different style. That may be the problem. They may be just not unique enough. Sorry everyone I had a knee jerk reaction.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 01:45 AM

I played off & on during my 20 years in the Navy starting in 1957. I don’t remember there being a start label per-se. I think the board was round at the end we started and square on the other end. There was a storage compartment.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#11 posted 06-28-2009 02:23 AM

My grandfather used to make novelty cribbage boards. They were in the shape of a battleship. You played around the outside edge. Pegs were stored in the turrets and resembled big guns.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#12 posted 06-28-2009 05:13 AM

Meisel wood hobby has those plans

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 06-28-2009 02:23 PM

Did you use one of these templates? If so which one, it looks like the larger one has a starting point?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 06-28-2009 03:31 PM

Rick, have you ever been to “Arnies” at Houghton Lake? It’s a craft store, well it is “THE” craft store in Michigan. If you ever get the chance stop in there and take a look around, they can give you a zillion ideas for crafts, from making things like welcome signs out of wood, to etched glass items. It would be well worth your time to make the trip to do so. mike. My son and I to the left at Frankfort, fishing of coarse.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-28-2009 04:28 PM

having spent 45 years trying to sell my work at craft fairs , flea markets , consignment stores ,gallerys ,
and elsewhere , and NOT having sold ONE SINGLE THING !
i just make what i feel is what good for me , with the gift the good Lord gave me !
mostly people want something that is cheaper than what they can buy at walmart ?
if it is cheaper , they wonder what is wrong with it .
if more expensive , they want to know all about it , so they can have some friend make it .
i was in a tool store in oakland years ago , and they had a new rail/chain driven saw that could cut to
.oo1 thou. of an inch guaranteed . for $20,000.00 .
there was a guy there that was the regional rep for u.s. plywood . he told me that if i got that saw ,
he would sign a contract with me , that he would bring me 3 semi loads of plywood a week , or as many as i could handle , for me to cut to specified sizes for industry !
Well , all i needed to do was get a 10,000 sq. ft . warehouse and 4 fork lifts and hire 8 guys with hardhats ,
and join the union and i could be in business !
but there goes my custom woodworking ?
so i say , make what you enjoy !
anything you do , might sell , or it might not .
but if you enjoy it ,
you win !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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