Have you ever looked at something you created years ago and recoiled at the sheer amatuerness of it?
Ok, maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but I think that mix of shame and discomfort you get when looking at your past creations is pretty common for anyone who’s pursued a skill or art. All of the lessons that you’ve learned between now and then jump out at you. All of your past mistakes just beg to be corrected.
I had that experience recently while visiting my friends’ workshop. They have one of my first coffee tables in their breakroom/lounge area. It was a fun build, and I still really liked the overall design, BUT I couldn’t help but focus on all of the small things I did wrong. I’ve learned a lot since I built that table. While I was looking at it, I couldn’t help but think “man, I could do this so much better now”. So, I decided to do just that.
I’m rebuilding my Herringbone Coffee Table, 2021 style.