Last month I entered a competition for woodturning. The contest was to create a woodturned piece that had pyrography, or woodburning texturing. The competition was judged by three well-known woodturners whose work I've admired for a long time.
As a woodturner and artist, there is always some anxiety when putting your work out there for critique. Yes, your family and friends love your work, tell you how good you are, and make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Remember how much your Mom loved that elbow pasta artwork you made in grade school? That's what friends and family are supposed to do, right? The public doesn't know you, however, and will have no problem telling you if something looks like crap. So when you step outside your comfort circle of friends and family, make sure you're wearing your thickest skin.
Here's a photo of my entry.
On Friday afternoon, the results of the contest were posted. The first notice I received was a congratulations posting on my FaceBook wall from a fellow woodturner and Turn and Burn competitor. (Thanks, Jeff). My piece earned a third place finish in the competition. I was surprised and humbled by the choice, considering all the outstanding work that was submitted.
Here's a link to the competition page, with the winning photos.
Even better was the award - a gift certficate to a favorite woodturning store to buy more tools! How cool is that??