Sometime ago, I read something online, magazine, somewhere.
It was the story of somebody who ran a chair making shop at Williamsburg (or similar venue). The shop owner went to use a hand held frame saw to cut out the shape of the chair bottom. A visitor to the shop suggested that the owner purchase a band saw, that would be easier. The shop owner replied that, as that cut was done so infrequently, and his shop was so small, he was way better off without a motorized band saw taking up space in the shop. The hand saw took virtually no storage space. It was well worth the extra few minutes it took to cut out the chair bottom by hand.
That story is in the top of my head as I try to consolidate my small workshop. Less is more. Sometimes using the basics can have awesome results in a complex world.
I'm working on a business presentation to a public audience, celebrating the benefits of back to the basics and simplicity. I'd like to reference this story, but I can't for the life of me find the original. Anybody know a source for this? Woodworking magazine article somewhere? Online forum? Anybody remember this?