I am not quite that uninformed, but close. They seem to be really neat tools.
In the past, I have been mostly utilitarian based with woodworking. Basic bookshelves, coat racks, etc that work well but would never be classified as fine furniture. Used power saw, power sander, power drill/screw driver. Did I mention power tools?
I recently started turning, and now I am "getting into" the wood and working my way into the finer side of woodworking, so I am trying to learn as much as possible while building the shop. Using hand tools when appropriate would seems to be more enjoyable than powering thru for speed.
I know what a basic plane looks like, and I know it is used for smoothing wood - but every time a read another posting or article, there seems to be a new title/version for it: Jack plane, Jointer plane, Scrub plane, Smoothing plane, Block plane, etc. Then there are frogs, totes, chipbreakers, etc.
If I want to start to learn to use a plane, how should I proceed? Buy one (which one), make one (which one), find a class, find a tutor, wait until later, buy a book/DVD, YouTube, or don't bother since power tools made planes obsolete?
Really starting from scratch with this...