To be honest I have a hard time imagining that any shop has no hand tools at all. Is that even possible? After all hammers, squares, rulers, planes, spoke shaves, files, rasps, chisels, screwdrivers, cabinet scrapers, paint brushes, and sanding blocks are all hand tools.
I heard a story a long time ago (and it may be BS) that foreign ships came to the west coast and bought logs. Then would go back to sea about 12 miles off the coast and turn it into plywood onboard the ship. Then come back into port and sell the plywood back to lumber companies. I also heard the same thing about iron ore and steel beams. As I said, it may be BS and I have NO proof if that is truth or not. Rog