You see, this is what I love about the people at Polycount. People who are real and tell you straight up. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. With your feedback and dedication on my end, I WILL get better
I'm glad I posted the texture at the stage it is now. My main concern is that I'm over complicating things and getting caught up in the details. I have no problem taking a step back for things to improve. Hell, I'll start from scratch again if need be. To be honest, I'd be thrilled to reach the same quality as the wood found in Rhinokey's image below.
Any pointers? I'll keep at it! I'm seriously writing these comments down.
P/s - Rhinokey, lemme know if I should remove that pic. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes.