I was just thinking today about what I liked to do most in the shop.
My favorite activity is thickness planing. Not much in the way of skill or effort involved. Its pretty much just repetitious work but I get to watch the wood as it changes from a rough, splintered plank to the smooth finished board it really is.
I like watching the transformation and it gives me a simple pleasure watching the character of the wood finally emerge at the other end of the planer, smoother and lighter than its heavy, rough previous condition. There is an analogy to life somewhere in there I think.
One day I will master the art of hand planing and experience the pleasure first hand.