Somebody dropped me a note yesterday wondering why I felt that “hand tool only” woodworkers were narrow minded; apparently I said that somewhere. Anyway, I don’t think hand tool woodworking is narrow minded in the least. Before I go on, I would like to reiterate that I am not a woodworking professional, or expert, or even a woodworking personality (but between you and me, I do have a little personality), but I am an expert at offering my opinion. So if I did at one time opine that hand tool woodworkers were narrow minded I wasn’t stating any facts, and I most likely never presented them as such.
To continue, I do not think that hand tool only woodworking is narrow minded; I’ll say again that we should all woodwork in any way that makes us happy. But, I do think that some hand tool woodworkers are narrow minded. Why? Because when you say such things as: “It takes more skill to be a hand tool only woodworker” or, “if you use power tools you are not a real woodworker!” or, “I’ll never use power tools again!”, I come to the conclusion that you are being narrow minded, and also somewhat of a douche.
Being a vegetarian isn’t narrow minded, but thinking that is the only way to be healthy is. Enjoying Stephen King books isn’t a narrow minded act, but hating everybody who doesn’t like them is. And woodworking with only hand tools is not narrow minded, but feeling that it is the only way to do it really is. So dude, I didn’t call you narrow minded, but maybe you are. I’m not a psychologist. And by the way, if I read another pseudo intellectual kiss-ass comment on a woodworking blog I’m going to lose it.
Have a good one.