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#1 posted 11-15-2012 12:16 AM

My philosophy is, don’t pretend to be a fine woodworker and nobody will expect fine work from you! (And by “you” I mean ME) What I mean is, understand your skills and be honest about them. Mistakes are hardly noticed when they are expected. But if you claim to be a true artist, expect every flaw to be pointed out by snooty critics as they sip wine at the gallery.

As for what mistakes are acceptable to you… well that depends. If it can be seen without bending over and looking closely, it’s got to be fixed. If it can be hidden so that nobody will ever notice, I’m ok with it. If it can be written off as “character”, that’s ok too. But i find the best way to deal with a piece that has a big flaw on it, is to beat it up some more and call it “rustic”. People love that stuff.

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