I did say normally. Depends on the project. But actually, the sound of the ROS is relaxing to me, more relaxing than knocking edges off by hand. Goes well with the classical music station my radio is kept on.But you know, Theo, sometimes it's just really pleasant to not have to listen to machinery; just enjoy the feel of working with your hands on wood. Maybe a little music in the background.
Could be that's the attraction of carving, to folks that do it?