Taking that to heart, I've tried to distill my craft down and to make it as natural as possible. I'm also striving to achieve a certain aesthetic. My work is influenced by ancient Northern European art and culture, and I want the making of my pieces to fit that as well. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the tools I use, all self-made except the anvil.
This is my new anvil, a four inch square block of 4140 tool steel, purchased from Old World Anvils. It will soon be set into a sturdy oak stump, but it's already more solid than the piece of railroad track I used to use. It's my favorite piece of equipment.
Here are my favorite tongs, made in Mästermyr style with a wide grip.
And here are some of my smaller tools. From left to right: a nail header, a leatherworking awl, a tool for making the "ring-and-dot" motif, and a carving chisel set.
I still have more tools to make (Mästermyr-style hammers, hand-powered bellows, etc.), but overall, I'm happy with my setup. I enjoy working this way, and that's what it's really all about.