This is an “apprentice piece” being made in our workshops right now by student craftsman Rob Hughes. It is an ancient practice to make a piece of work to demonstrate ones skill and knowledge. The term “Masterpiece” comes from this process, where a journeyman would present a serious piece of work for consideration by fellow Guild members, so being allowed to become a master craftsman and being allowed to employ apprentices. All very Trade Union, closed shop, and restrictive. Nowadays we lack that kind of structure however the act of making a good piece that teaches you techniques then demonstrates your skill to others is still valid.