Our work—indeed, all woodwork—is a direct commentary on the skill of the craftsperson. Perfect pieces do not exist; each is flawed in some way. The work of an amateur is crude, the struggle evident. Wood resists when handled improperly, becomes pliant only in the hands of those with deepest respect for the medium.
A masterful shop demands improvisation, problem solving, negotiation. A dialogue & discussion with the remains of the tree. A recognition of which flaws can be celebrated, which should be concealed.
Wood dispassionately records the dialogue of the hands that shaped it; clumsy or poetic, careless or poised. Will you bring into your home the casualties, mumblings, curses, and profanities or the quiet transcripts of an elegant prose, a poetry of craft?