It’s human nature, we all do it. We have a project going – whether it’s a piece we are building or a piece we are refinishing – and there is a whole bunch of time and energy in the rough stages of the project. We keep carving on it until it takes the form we had in mind. Most of the enthusiasm and excitement is used up at the front end of the project. We do wood projects because we enjoy it. Whether it is our hobby or our job, our passion for it can be a two edged sword.
By the time we get to the end of the build or restore phase, we then realize that it is time to finish. In my shop, nothing is ever really “done”. There is always more that I feel I could do with any project, but there comes a point where it needs to be done. We always have to draw the line. There is more joy in the creation process than in the finished product presentation stage. The project is always intended for someone, for some purpose. There is insecurity and sadness about letting it go. And there is always that one last hurdle we have to clear.