There is a technology gap between the traditional and modern woodworker. There is also sort of an implied "quality" to hand-made versus machine-made. Honestly, although trained as an apprentice cabinetmaker, and learned in hand skills over 18 years ago, with CNC I'd consider myself more of a wood "machinist," and instead of designing, I'm "engineering" furniture...
I feel there is a natural tendancy for us humans to "gawk in awe" the skill and devotion one needs to do work manually, and maybe for some CNC is seen as cheating. I'd refer those people to Gustav Stickley, one of the great furnituremakers of the 20th Century, who at the boom of the industrial revolution used then-new electric power tools to "remove the drudgery of mundane tasks from skilled workers so that they could invest their time more on details..." something like that.
There is also a certain sense of satisfaction and respect one earns by having the skills to do things manually, and well. Consider even the home-made CNC builds here; much attention and praise is given to those who use their knowledge and ingenuity to make their machines.
To me, I find that I can now offer the same, or better, kind of product, faster, and for more profit. Also, as Stickley points out, I can concentrate more on details and finishing, rather than mindless hogging away of materials.
For the typical weekend warrior, the actual building of a machine is a project unto itself, that can leade to pride and accomplishment upon completion and first movements. There is also a feeling of self-sufficiency: no longer does one need to "farm out" complex pieces.
I think the main things holding people back are cost, space, and learning curve. One can build a machine relatively cheap if they want, but then there's the cost of software, electronics, bits. There is a difference between pushing a router and having a machine do it. But knowing how tools work manually can surely aid in how they are machined. Space is another issue. One always thinks they'll get by with a small machine, and eventually wants something bigger, faster, and stronger! Indeed, the first machine can make parts for the second (which is what I did) and so forth.
So yes, I am biased toward CNC technology, but I use it as a way to concentrate on the finer details that matter a lot to people. For example, I can profile a guitar body AND route binding edges at the same time, but I STILL have to apply the binding (and purfling sometimes) by hand, and the less time I spend routing, the more time I spend making that binding as perfect as I can...