Here in Kentucky, we have a Mennonite community nearby. We still see the black horse-drawn buggies rolling down the streets, or hitched to a light post at Lowe's or Tractor Supply when they need materials.
So I was headed home with a load of stuff when I stopped to talk to a man who looked like he came from the 1800's. He was friendly. I can't remember his name though.
We got to talking about the material I was carrying on my truck. I told him about my CNC table, and all of the tools I use. He listened patiently, and when I was finished, he reached into his buggy and pulled out this crude metal hand tool that looked like it was made in a prison hobby shop. He said, "This is how we do it." He proceeded to put the finest radius edge on one of my boards ... He just ran the tool along the edge for a few strokes, and it was done. Here I am, using a $20,000.00 table, a router and a computer, and this old guy did it just as easy as you can imagine, using some old, handmade metal tool that I would kick to the side.
They build furniture here. It is nothing short of STUNNING in its quality and craftsmanship. I wish I could afford to fill my home with furniture made by these people.
I asked him if I could stop buy his shop and work with him for a few days "to LEARN a thing or two!" He said, "You can learn how to cut a piece of wood in a few minutes. Learning how to cut it right the first time, and make it fit, takes a lot longer." Then he gave me directions to his farm and invited me to stop by. He told me to leave the cell phone and the electric tools at home, since they don't have cell service or electricity. "We do everything by hand, using the best tools God ever created. We use our brains, and our hands." he said. I really respect that man.