Frank's post above is right on..............we don't know how to critique properly!!!
That is our mission. We need to create an environment that critiques our builds which in turn improves our woodworking skills. This is why we all should in some form want our work critiqued. As Chuck has made me aware, having someone critique "a piece you have spent many hours on can be brutal to one's ego." Let's create a system that removes the harshness and accentuates the design elements that improve our abilities.
We jumped the gun a bit, but heck we are a work in progress here. In essence, we are still in the "design process". The approach that Eli and Justin used was not correct in that, why would somebody want to defend every knook and cranny of a build?.......They wouldn't!!!!
We'll need a form of anonymous rating system. One that as the Swedishiron mentions needs to nullify the experience levels.
Here's an approach:
1. seperate thread only for critiquing.
2. an anonymous rating for (could be 1 - 5) is filled out and comments left for further evaluation. Criteria could
be design and its subsets: the elements - proprortion, visual balance, material, etc. Craftsmanship with
subsets as joinery, surface preparation, wood usage, etc. Form needs work.
3. Once evaluations are complete, they are quantified and a private written evaluation is sent out to the
craftsman, who then decides to make the final evaluation public or not, by copy and pasting in the craftsmans
REMEMBER........Frank's post above is where we want to go!!!! This is a work in progress that brings in Tommy and Trey wondering techinically if we can do this.
Also we need a motivation for us to want to be critiqued. We need as Chuck has suggested, a show of improvement and skill level. Apprentice level, Journeyman level etc. We need work here also.
This isn't something that will happen overnight and we can't be willy-nilly about it. We'll have to stay organized and work through the process.
Any suggestions.... write a post or PM. If it were an easy task, it would have been done already. It is important and an overlooked part of our work.
ALRIGHT now for Tommy:
What the heck are 2 pieces of furniture doing in the post, you want the vanity critiqued or
the Linen Press.........JEEZ.......its always the good ones that give you the trouble.....and what
about the pictures, first we're (well for me kinda) building a Fed Table, then building a step stool
(again I'm kinda) and now you got us standing on our heads looking at door construction, fix that
photo........I got my que from Eli and Justin
Surely not the right approach.
Thanks for the support Big-T.......we'll get a woodworking "critique tool" to work!!!!