Over in the WoodNet Hand Tools forum, member Crooked_Trail posted this photo of his workbench covered with shavings, as he was having fun with some of his molding planes. He also apologized for such a messy shop.
I don't know, it doesn't look that messy to me. Other guys in the forum didn't think so either, but they sure liked his workbench.
Being a woodworker is being part of something much bigger than just a guy in a shop. There's a world of woodworking design, art, and culture. I think that's as interesting as the working with wood itself.