|Forum topic by Kjuly||posted 10-23-2009 01:00 PM||1360 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
10-23-2009 01:00 PM
Lately, I have been reading posts and woodworking blogs and there seems to be a lot of comments like, I am new to woodworking and the quality of my work is not very good, or it’s okay, but I am just learning; the quality is so-so but it’s a little better that my last project.
I started wondering, what are they comparing their work to? Is there some magical standard out there that everyone compares their work to? What is the definition of quality and who sets the guidelines? Is it connected to the cost of the wood or hardware? Is the quality based on the difficulty of the project?
This past spring I had the honor of judging at the finals in the Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society (MITES) competition in Battle Creek, MI. http://mites.cc/ I judged in the “woods” division. As we worked our way through the awesome woodworking projects, the comment, “This is quality work” was heard over and over again. Considering that these projects were built by junior and senior high school students, the work was nothing less than spectacular, not to mention encouraging. All of this made the task of judging a challenge and I loved every minute of it.
Last night at our monthly woodworkers meeting (www.mmwg.org) it came up again. One of our members, Dick Woodham brought in an owl for show and tell, that he had carved. It was beautiful, the 200 plus hours that Dick spent on the carving showed in every detail. During a break, while we standing around admiring all of the projects displayed, someone said, that owl sure is a quality piece.
Quality is meeting someone’s need,
a teacher’s job is planting that seed.
What a wonderful experience it must be,
watching that flower grow from one seed.
Quality is power, freedom, love and fun.
The quality needed is different for everyone.
Quality is doing your very best.
And then finding out there is much more,
still out there to reach for.
Quality is a concept that seems to be without definition.
Yet, it is defined by many and agreed upon by so very few,
you see what is quality to me, may not be quality to you.
Quality is the satisfying of needs,
no matter how difficult that deed may be.
I’m sure everyone can agree,
life is more meaningful, when Quality is achieved.
And what a wonderful world it would be,
if there was always Quality for you and for me.
What are your thoughts???
-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com