Well, the carved vessel I came up with was pretty goofy. It turned out as a combination bud vase / chips-n-dip bowl. Scary stuff. Thankfully, I gave it away. May it forever curse the recipient with splinters.
The table turned out much better. We were told to sketch ideas, then the professor would look them over and comment.
A marginal doodle of a "guitar" table caught her eye, and she asked about it.
Encouraged by her interest, I chose to make a guitar table.
And it turned out nicely, considering that I broke a leg (on the table) while building it
and repainted the damn thing about 16 times before settling on a spiffy metallic blue.