Willing to learn. After Gerald Fitzgerald's work was accepted into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, the jury had one further suggestion for him: to play down the use of contrasting wood in his Arts and Crafts-inspired tables. ■4
concrete terms, the juries expect pieces to be completely finished, including backs, bottoms and insides. There can be no glue drips, tearout or rough surfaces left anywhere. Joinery must be mechanically sound and tightly fitted.
"Then, pay as much attention to the finish as you did to the joinery," Moore tells potential exhibitors. They must prepare surfaces well; apply the finish carefully with no runs, drips or overspray; and "finish the finish" with wet sanding, steel wool or other fine abrasives. A coat of wax is usually recommended.
Pieces must be refined beyond the level of a project plan in a woodworking magazine. Sometimes a prospective member is a good craftsman but hasn't found his or her design voice yet. On the other hand, a straight reproduction of a Shaker table might score low on originality but could still make the grade because it is well done and "fulfills its intent" as a reproduction. "We try to judge pieces for what they are," Moore said.
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