I have these experiences a lot nowadays as I share with others that I'm going to a fine woodworking school. I don't think they hear the word "fine" and so I try to gently educate people on what we do here. Yes, I can "whip" things out but I could always do that before coming here to school. It's actually what I used to do and I have many pieces of furniture in my house to prove it. After nearly 8 months of 48 hr work weeks, spending most of that time on the smallest of details, I finally feel as though I've lost all desire to make something quickly just to get it done. The pleasure really is in the making and my goal is for that to show in my finished piece.
One more: While getting my hair cut and doing the usual chit chat, I mentioned going to a "fine woodworking school". She responded: "Oh, do you make those cut-out bear things?" :-))))))
Works in progress by some very fine woodworking artists: