As we all know, woodworkers are a prideful people. How many times have we toiled over a project, spending hours and hours just to get an “uh, that’s nice dear” from the spouse? Do they not realize the 4 hours I spent at the wood store to find that grain pattern? I’m sure you can understand…. That’s one of the reasons I see that we post our projects online. To have it evaluated (or at least appreciated) by our online peers here at lumberjocks is a self check that all is right with the world. And, for the most part, that is exactly what I see here; the support and encouragement is fantastic. I could not recommend a better site with a better bunch of people.
Considering the appreciation and the support here, I would like to propose an idea I have about the level of critiques here. Going back to what I mentioned above, some people are looking for support and encouragement and yet some are looking for genuine evaluation of their work. Perhaps when we post our projects and desire an objective critique, we could state that in the post. That would signal to the reader that their comments and suggestions are welcome and the person posting is looking for that personal insight.
As I type this, I’m thinking that it could even be a feature (radio button, separate listing, etc) that could distinguish it from a standard posting. And even pushing it further, it could develop some of us into a mentoring position to assist other members develop their ideas and projects.
What are you thoughts?
Critique the work, not the person…
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.