I, of necessity, practice hand holding. In the articles I write for DM, HSM and MW, I try to explain, photograph and illustrate (drawings) such that a beginner has a chance of accomplishing the project.
However, with the exception of my Geneva Mechanism article, I have heard of no instances where anyone has copied any of my projects, and even those doing the Geneva modified them to suit their own purposes.
I don't find this too surprising, as I have subscribed to the magazines, and others, for most years of their existence, and have never built someone elses project, excepting a flycutter.
Weston Bye - Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts - Author of The Mechatronist Column, Digital Machinist magazine