I certainly agree with and understand all that is said in the posts to date. I'm guilty of what Herb said, I have been buying tools and spending most of time learning how they work and not turning out many finished projects. Fact is I'm starting to wonder if I am more fascinated with nice tools than I am with actual woodworking. Lately I don't seem to have the drive to get out to the shop like I used to have. I have attributed my lackadaisical attitude to the issue of my recovery from surgery, but I might be kidding myself, I'll have to get out to the shop and get some work done on a real project before I can answer my own question.
I have had times during the healing process that I have actually thought of selling everything, but these times were only passing thougts. I really like my tools and am sure that I will keep going with my interest. As some members might recall, I even logged off of the forum for awhile last winter, which was a reflection of what I am describing.
I recall one time years ago when I had gotten away from hunting and was into the benchrest shooting issue, hunting had no appeal to me at all. Then one day my brother invited to to with him and one of his friends on an elk hunt. I went but didn't even take a rifle, just a camera.
One afternoon we jumped a small herd of elk, it took about one second for the excitement of hunting to return. We didn't get an elk, but I learned something about myself. I'll never forget how quickly the excitement came upon me. Later, I did get back into hunting and enjoyed it as much as ever. I assume that once I get back into the shop the interest in woodworking wil quickly return.
Back to the original thought, what I was talking about, and I know that I'm repeating myself, but from time to time I see a really neat item that was made by a fellow woodworker and forum member. Then I take time to check what he has in his shops for tools and they are often rather sparse compared to the person's skill, and it's those people that I have grown to admire in a special way. Having a well supplied shop and lots of skill too is a common description of many of our members and I admire them too, but oh well, you get my drift.