My dad, god bless him, would say " if a job is worth doing then it is worth doing well". Followed by " a craftsman takes pride in his work".
Now dad is a perfectionist and actually in my career I have definitely inherited that trait. Perfectionism, doing it well, putting the time in to develop expertise etc.
However, on Arwen.........well those traits don't always materialise.........but should they?
Take the blocks I put on yesterday for holding the jib cleats at a better angle off the coaming.
They do the job. I did use mahogany off cuts. I did give them a lick of varnish.....'lick' being the key word here.
Are they both equal dimensions......um! Possibly not but then neither are the tufnol cleats! Did I round over the edges....yes I did. Are they securely attached......well I did my best and time will tell.
Do they look aesthetically pleasing.......well no! They stick out and I can't quite put my finger on it but they just don't look right. So maybe this is a matter of function over form. Maybe they will 'grow' on me over time.
What is certain is the jib sheet is now much easier to clip in and out with just a sharp downward tug. And the mahogany is from sustainable sources and that is important to me. Maybe I rushed them a little and added them as an after thought; a sort of bolt on..........maybe that is what's troubling me