WHY OLD TOOLS
I enjoy working with wood. I find it to be relaxing and therapeutic. Since my livelihood does not depend on it, I can take my time and enjoy it. Back a number of years, I discovered how effective hand planes can be. I soon found that I could learn the skills that were used by our woodworking ancestors (before power tools). Most of my efforts now entail the use of traditional woodworking tools. They tend to be less noisy, put less dust in the air, and teach me to work with wood rather than just working wood. Since starting down that path, I find myself using "tailed apprentices" less and less. While I'm not a purest, I favor using old tools and techniques. It's also nice to try to keep the old skills alive.
Frankly, I also enjoy old tools. Although I don't consider myself a true collector, I do tend to accumulate quite a few of them. I am slowly assembling a fairly complete, user grade set of hand tools. With the help of the "oldtools" list server group, Rocky Mountain Tool Collectors, Midwest Tool Collectors and various good books on the subject, I am learning to put them to good use. Based on the high quality items that that were fabricated before "tailed apprentices" became available, it's not surprising to learn how well traditional woodworking tools work when they are properly sharpened and tuned up.