When I first started woodworking after retirement, I was operating as a combination power/hand tool shop. The intention was that someday I would transition completely, and use hand tools for all my work. My plan was that as my power tools died, I wouldn’t replace them.
Well, last week I struggled with my dust collector so I could plane some wood for a project. Nothing large, just a few pieces. I noticed I wasn’t exactly enthused about working with the collector, and when the plastic bag developed a hole and shot a cloud of dust into the air when I turned it on, the camel’s back snapped. I shut the machine off, unplugged it, and returned to my bench where I used my newest #4 and 5 to plane the pieces down to size. It went so quick, I decided then and there to take the plunge. I am officially a hand tool shop. Well, mostly. I need to replace my power lathe with a treadle model. And, hand tools don’t work with plywood very well, so any repairs to the house may need some electrons, so I’ll keep a few hand tools around. But, from this point on the conversion proceeds in earnest.
I’ve got this anarchist thing down, I already have the beard.