I realize that tools do not make the craftsman. There are people in third world countries that are making fine furniture with screwdrivers they sharpen on concrete.
I also realize that having a tool and being able to use that tool are two different things. I take pride in working very hard in developing my skills so that I am not just a tool collector.
But I have to admit I gain a lot of pleasure in owning a beautifully engineered and crafted tool. It may be wrong, but there it is.
Mostly I covet good handtools. For example, and this is only one of many, many possibilities, there is something about the new Clifton 77 Adjustable Bull nose Plane.
I go to Tools for Working Wood website and view this photo all the time.
I have an Excel spreadsheet with a list of handtools that I think I would like to have. I devised it so that if any discretionary funds (tool money) became available I could check my list of tools. The list is an accumulation of my tool interests over a period of time and it helps me from making an impulse decision. It is quite fancy as I can do "what if scenarios" and check to see how to get the most bang for my buck. It also has a column that I can check off when I have bought the tool, allowing me to see how I am progressing in my procurement efforts.
Apparently I still have money left over from my annual tool allotment fund, according to my wife. How I missed this, I don't know!
Problem is trying to figure what tool to get. I been weighing all the possiblities over and over. I then came to the realization that there will always be more tools than money.
I don't know how many steps there are for a recoverying tool addict, but this has got to be the first one.
It is either that or I get a second job, ....hmm.