Originally Posted by Pete VanderLaan
What I do see currently that is different is that once upon a time, we took enormous amounts of time to finish pieces and it showed. I don't see a ton of that these days. Indeed the markets have changed.
I've seen this same trend across a lot of different shops/artists. Seems like the market has started to separate into high end pieces that are priced around $X,000-$X0,000 and can support a lot of time and effort in their finishing, and production work that gets priced around $X0 - $X00 and gets functionally no finishing past a quick flame-polish once it's off the pipe.