I guess I can experiment with contact prints first.
Anyway, it's good to have different techniques at my disposal to create and achieve different looks. At first I might try my best with replicating it, even if I fail, it will be good experience. But I do have few of my own ideas where being able to use such techniques would lend itself.
I'm also not delusional about my own and others abilities. Their life was darkroom, mine it's only sometimes when the time allows. As for retouching prints or negs, with my artistic ability, I don't think that will ever happen :)