I think folks misunderstood my post. It isn't about hand tools vs power tools, I don't think that issue is an issue at all. To be a woodworker, you have to pay your dues. It doesn't matter if you are setting up a CNC machine or using a chisel. You have to put in the effort, make mistakes, analyise both the successes and failures and hone your skills. You don't advance without putting in the work. There aren't any hand or power tools that will automatically make a person a woodworker just by owning them.
When it comes to hand cut dovetails, you can't fake them. Router cut dovetails, regardless of the spacing are obvious. Either way, they aren't easy. We have to know our tops from bottoms, lefts from rights, fronts from backs, insides from outsides. You need the right bit, pieces oriented in the jig properly, depth of cut set, then not make any miscues running the router. Hand cutting has it's logistics, too. We are all going to make some mistakes with either.
I'm a musician. There are times I want to learn a lick or phrase or cover a song. I don't want to approximately play the part. I want to nail it. It can be a real struggle. I may only be able to play a hand full of notes in the proper sequence and meter after many hours of practice. It can take weeks, even months of dedicated practice to get some parts down but once I have them, they're mine.
The same is true of most things. If you want to hand cut dovetails, you have to put in the practice time. It may not be easy or fast at first but eventually, you will own the skill. There isn't anything quite like reaping the rewards of hard work. When you truly earn something rather than have it handed to you, you have taken a big step that often transfers to other tasks. When it comes to calling yourself a woodworker, can you use that description if all you can do is cut accurately with a power saw or, conversely, a hand saw? You need both skills.