I've got an opposite kind of story if you don't mind. I'm not a exceptionally skilled master carpenter but each project I complete gives me the experience and patience needed to craft art from a tree. For Christmas I made a pair of what were supposed to be simple garden benches for two family members. Rather than slap some boards together and hand over some unfinished and rough place to sit, I used the same dimensions for both and completely changed designs for each. I stained one dark, utilized straight lines, and gave it a modern type feel, and gave it a high gloss finish of about 5 coats of poly. The other was more free flowing and liquid in design, and also had multiple coats of poly but stained light, and a satin finish. I fully intended for them to be used outside in their respective yards, and to be enjoyed in that setting. Funny thing is, neither will ever see the sun directly above them, since they are permanently located indoors. They both felt they were too nice to be outside. I tried to convince them that was their destiny, and it was ok to do so. They wanted no part of it. They are a part of the decor indoors. Made me feel good that my work had that effect on them.
Not the quality of the hutch or even nice enough to pass security of that house that went by the wayside, but I'm sure pride is pride, and it feels good no matter who or why praise is bestowed upon us.
talk to your projects. when they talk back, it's time for a break.
The only thing people will remember about us without a doubt is if our word was worthy of belief. I trust and respect are given to all from the start. It is my distrust of you and lack of respect for you that must be earned.