Lawrence W. Cheek is the architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Coastal Living, and American Heritage, and he is the author of several travel books. He lives in Issaquah, WA.
"There is the challenge of making something oneself, then there is the struggle with perfectionism and its tendency to leach pleasure from the enterprise. Cheek's writing style is apt: somewhere between pur practical advice from lessons learned the hard