Building wheels is the one area which any mechanic will praise themselves in… and too right. It’s a skill which takes a long time to hone. You really get a feel for the wheel when you start turning the spoke key, you get immersed in the characteristics of the wheel. You know its behavior and how it’s reacting to your method of building, the final result is a perfectly tensioned, true and dished wheel.
The difference between a machine finished wheel and a hand built wheel is all to do with the human interaction and the natural feel of whats right and wrong.