I have always prided myself that I strive to ensure that the unseen part [back or underneath] of whatever I produce will always be as good as what will be seen.
It has been something of a mantra for me since I started wood-turning and framing professionally. A source of pride that my customer will be as pleased with the back or the underneath [the normally unseen part] of his/her purchase as he/she is with what is visibly displayed.
Well, I visited a colleague yesterday, and during the course of discussing various aspects of our work, he showed me some of his most recent work and present commissions.
And I have to admit that I was very impressed, not only with the obvious quality of those parts of his framing which will be manifestly visible, but also with the attention to detail given to those parts of the finished artwork which will, for the vast majority of the time, remain unseen. Whether it involved the mounting of a piece of photographic art or floating a canvas print in a box frame, the quality remained consistently exceptionally good.
I was sufficiently impressed to examine some of my own work as soon as I arrived back in my workshop, with a necessarily critical eye, and was forced to concede that his work is better than mine. Not dramatically so, I hasten to add yet nevertheless, recognisably superior.
Far from being dismayed by this demonstration of excellence ~ not, incidentally, I’m sure, intended to be such on the part of my colleague, I am now inspired to raise my effort, both in terms of what will be seen and what will remain unseen.
I have committed myself to raising my standard to a similar level of excellence, during the course of this month.
Interaction is so often immensely useful, in many more ways than one.
And, no. I have absolutely no intention of disclosing to you who it was that I visited, as I’m sure he has quite sufficient customers as it is.
As a footnote, I also have to rather smugly concede, that as the colleague concerned is primarily a photographic and colour reproduction expert, and a very, very good framer, my wood-turning is much, much better, than his.