The tricky part is determining when a file mark works and when
it looks like poor craftsmanship. Knowing how to work a piece to perfection
is very helpful because at least you know where that extreme lies. You can
always work back from that. So far it’s a tightrope walk for me - more
often than not I still fall off to one side or the other (too tight, too
The trick is to make it look hand made not home made or factory (machine made).
Consider a hand wrought strap hinge (the kind made by the blacksmith for the
handmade barn door) as oppose to the flat, smooth non-discript strap hinge you
buy at Home Depot. Guess which one has more character.
I think it’s in the eye of the beholder & what s/he’s used to. If all you saw
was crummy workmanship then the fault free factory job would be a thing of
beauty. However, all we see today are fault free poorly designed/engineered,
cheaply made factory clones. Now folks are looking for a little individuality
identified by good design/mfgr & those little warts we sometimes leave on our
Just my 2 cents worth.