I have been in the same boat, sort of, as Verna. I can see the
design in my head but could not execute to the standard I wanted. So
I did exactly what Peter (I think?) recommended-- took classes at
Revere. This added skill and confidence that I could execute the
design to the specifications I wanted. And, I guess, as to hammer
marks vs.no hammer marks, I guess I thought that the mechanical
parts of the design needed to be in fact, in harmony with the whole?
So the execution of the piece, whether “organic” or “industrial” in
style, requires enough skill to set the stone or make the hinge so
that it is in fact part of the design. Is this making any sense?