At the beginning, I was not too keen on using hand tools. I liked the IDEA of it, but I knew that my capacity for precision was minimal at this point, and I wanted a machine to help me. More and more, however, I find myself using my hands for projects. My bandsaw is indispensable, but it's only got a 13 1/2" throat. Where does that leave me with long stock? With a miter box and backsaw. I like the control of hand tools. If something is going south, I can slow down or ease off. Machines are on or off. A slip on a machine can ruin stock, or worse. A slip with hand tools can as well, of course, but you are more in control. Most of my hand tools were acquired for their aesthetic. The best example is a Millers Falls breast drill: I was picking up some machinery that I was given, and the fellow asked me if I wanted anything else from his deceased father's shop. I picked up the breast drill, and knowing Millers Falls quality, took it home. The other night, I was driving some long wood screws through some very old oak, and my hand drill was bucking badly. After stripping out a couple, and blistering my hands with a screw driver, I thought "what the heck? Can't get any worse." That breast drill smoothly and efficiently drove those screws through like that oak was lard. I could not stop laughing. This is just one example of how my "decorations" have become some of the most used items in my shop. For me, all wood working is meditative, so I don't NEED to spend 6 hrs smoothing a bench top by hand. If I feel like it, I will. If not, I won't. Simple. You said it was a hobby, which is something you are supposed to enjoy. However you enjoy it most, that's the "right" way.