Rereading Krenov's "The Art of Cabinet Making" I came acrossed
a point worth pondering - when to know you're done. His approach
is "when the nothing more can be removed in order to improve the
piece" as opposed to the other extreme "when nothing more can be
added to improve the piece".
Nakashima went the minimalist route. Tom Plamann tends towards
the other end of the spectrum and the roccoco style is the far end
of the other end of the spectrum.
So you've got Krenov's approach - learn to do a few things
exceptionally well and keep it simple - letting the wood
speak for itself. Tom P on the other hand seems to be constantly
stretching, looking for new challenges and ways to make them.
Jack of All Trades or Master of a Few?
I like the wood and, given my level of skills and knowledge,
KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) is my approach (ok so I get
carried away a little at times - but I strive for simplicity).
What's your philosophy/approach to making things and how'd
you get there?