Here is a recent exchange between me and a fine craftsman whose work did not get accepted into the Readers Gallery. It illustrates why people shouldn’t take those decisions personally. Often they are based on reasons beyond the craftsmanship and design of the pieces in question. I’ve also attached pictures of his two fine pieces. I’m happy to say that the reader graciously accepted my explanation (contained in the next post).
Here are the pieces in question:
And here is his letter:
Please can you tell me why you choose not to use my material? I would like to know so perhaps I can make needed adjustments if I decide to send more material to your magazine or others. Perhaps you can use a different picture? If it’s my craftsmanship, without meaning to sound to proud, I would be a bit surprised, knowing my work won Best in Class and Blue Ribbons at the Del Mar Fair in San Diego, CA. Also the clock made the wall at Palomar Woodworking College, and not many clocks or 100 class projects get that honor. The clock and box were highly complemented by Sam Maloof at the Palomar College annual summer fair, he even took the time to take a picture with me in front of my work.
As former Secretary for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association (and current member) I have the pleasure to meet and talk with lots of woodworkers at our meetings and at the Del Mar Fair’s Design in Wood showcase. Many members are familiar with my work as are teachers ( such as Russ Filbeck )and students at Palomar College and have encouraged me to send my pictures into Fine Woodworking which I did. The reason I bring all this up is, if many discerning woodworkers feel my work should be seen in such a fine magazine as Fine Woodworking, again why don’t you?