Craftsmanship has a broad definition and many people use it with different meanings. Different aspects of the work process are incorporated within it, and it's used in various types of work, starting from typical hand work, like woodworking or construction, going all the way to art and even recently – software development.
But the way I get it, it's more about a way of thinking.
It's about doing your thing the best possible way – mastering your skills, constantly learning and most importantly – respect and love what you do.
“Craftsmanship is the quality that comes from creating with passion, care, and attention to detail.”
The word craftsmanship represents perfectionism – it's about improving the quality of your work. All those small but meaningful final touches that will make the owner/client feel amazed how good your work is. It is the difference between a good and a great product!
A true craftsman should be passionate about his work and his progress. Constant improvement is not easy and a lot of patience is needed. Craftsmanship doesn't happen overnight – it's a process with no shortcuts. One of the most important aspects is the experience – you cannot learn woodworking from the books, because you will lack the confidence and knowledge to handle the chisel, to work properly and effectively with it.
“Craftsmanship is what we should strive for, for the sake of both our reputations and our clients’ success.”
The would would've been a better place if more people took Craftsmanship as a way of thinking towards their work, no matter what it is.