The hand tool versus power tool discussion is something that comes up frequently at work (at least where I work these days). Prior to 2007, however, I didn’t even know it existed. In August of that year I decided to open a woodworking school and began writing for Popular Woodworking Magazine. Prior to that I was building furniture every day and had no idea there were wars raging in the woodworking community at large. In fact, I didn’t even realize there was a woodworking community at large.
As a full-time maker, there wasn’t usually time to read magazines or frequent forums. Honestly, I didn’t know there were that many of either out there. And to find out that people were trying to decide whether hand tools were better than power tools (or vice versa) was a concept that was totally foreign to me.