Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
A related question is: Why is toolmaking so satisfying and respected?

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We also see people who are deeply experienced in their hobbies gravitate toward toolbuilding. Often, this is first done strictly for utility (needed a specialty tool, wanted to save money, etc.). Then, as they make tools less for utility, and more for enjoyment, we see people present their tool builds with an almost obligatory excuse - "I'll use this for...", "I had some extra...".

Finally, we see hobbyists progress to unabashed toolmaking. The satisfaction and enjoyment they've extracted from making tools is the pinnacle of their hobby, and they don't care what anyone else thinks.
I think you must have invented some wonderful new tool which has allowed you to peer into my mind. :-)

Regardless, you've nailed a few real truths here.