5. Willingness of builder to accept failure because of poor material despite good workmanship, or failure because of poor workmanship even with high quality material?
I am not so sure that "failure" even comes into the equation.
Sure, some builds might be prettier than others but I have never seen a build thread here, or on Matt's forum that resulted in failure.
At the end of the day, Every single build that I have had the pleasure of watching on both forums has turned into a fine boat in its own right.
This is where Builder's Choice comes into play. If any builder is prepared to put the time and effort into what they do, remarkable results can be achieved, even on First Builds.
Others, like me like to build a lot of boats, and build them quickly. We are prepared to sacrifice a little in fine workmanship for speed of build in our haste to get the job done. I think our boats are still very good boats though perhaps not quite as pretty as they could be.
We know the mistakes we make along the way but most times, the average bloke looking at out boats and drooling, never sees them unless they are pointed out to them. Our hand made boats are each and every one of them, one of a kind. Each with their own personality and little flaws and this is exactly what makes them so special.
Some words from another site that I have "borrowed" and they seem to me to fit very well, the whole purpose of building our own boats with timber.
Seeing her for the first time reminded me of the Sutton Hoo boat in Greenwich, thousands and thousands of years old. And all lapped planks and sewn together. Building Elf will have the race memory juices that Jung hints at running on all eight. There will be times in that workshop where the moaning chair has been taken, because some joint or other would not fit right. And you look over the boat, the Elf, as she takes her shape in front of you. The hair creeps on the back of your neck, and for tiniest moment you suspect that you are not alone. Judith Wright, a loved Australian poet once wrote about our obligation to the past. We are, she said, the living vision of dead men's eyes. And in that moment, we know what she means. Soon you will go back and fit that joint, perfectly. You will know, as you later see this special boat's reflection in the waves, that you will have done credit to and become part of the continuum of that ancient past.