He wasn't making $250/hour until his later years when he was uber-famous, I can guarantee you that.
That's how normal people feel about plumber's bills.
Here's one...teachers. They go to school for 4-8 years, have one of the hardest jobs on the planet, get paid squat and are given no respect by the parents or society as a whole. And their job is far more important than soldering some pipes together in someone's basement.
Justify that one, buttcrack boy! LOL
I know it's just a demonstration photo but...wouldn't your push block need to be about the same size as your work piece? Otherwise the feather-board might make too much resistance to push the stock completely through with ease.