When someone admires the shape and feel of your work, when they have to come back several times just for the experience of picking up your turnings, you feel on top of the world. There is no feeling like it. When someone repudiates your work and despises you as well; this also produces an incomparable feeling.
I prefer to have the first emotion, but I sometimes have the occasion to ponder how to deal with the second. For some people, those rejections roll off like so much water on the ducks back. Me, I get soaked all the way through. My feathers just don’t shed water.
When someone loves my work, I am encouraged to produce more. My initial response to repudiation is to think I can’t ever turn anything again. But when reason comes back, I choose to make those occasions of rejection opportunities to grow and develop.
Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book
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