I think you definitely have to have a certain personality, or at least be a bit of a perfectionist, to be a (good) machinist.
I went to school for this. Turns out it wasn't the right choice. Lets just say i agree with you, and haven't spent a single hour working as a machinist.
That said, i think the right machine for this, would make the work a lot easier. You need what, a 5 tool changer magazine, and it could do all the work for you, just leaving you to do the final polish. Now thats well outside the hobbyist range, and a well made hand turned tool-set takes time in a completely different range.
You need to like things to be just right and almost be a bit OCD about checking things and having an order you do things in. At least if you do it a lot. I'm too ADD to sit in front of a lathe or mill for long.
It's CDO. If you call it anything else, then you ain't got it. Also, it's AD^2. Yes, it's a joke... Sort of.
Somewhat off topic.
Rammers. Why aren't they made with the "core" hole a through and through? I keep checking the rammers for particles that may, or may not have ended up inside the rammer. It's never been an issue, but when i stop looking, i'm sure there is something stuck in there, and i have to check again... At this point i feel like i want to make the hole a through and through, and put a bit of thread in there, Counter sink it, and find a screw that will fit perfectly, leaving the surface flat. 2 second job to check the core home if it's clean or not, and when you do manage to jam something in there, or if you go past the "no go" zone, it would double as a failsafe way to get the spindle out of there again.
Anyways, your tools look great. Keep up the good work.