To make bread all you really need is a bowl, measuring cups and spoons. To make great bread you need tools it's like any skill in order to have a professional consistent outcome you will need good tools. Does your spouse chop down trees with an ax or does he use a chain saw, he could do it with an ax but the job would be difficult and it's not an activity he is going to look forward to.
Your most important tool is a scale, you need to weigh your ingredients to be consistent in results. Once you have a scale you will wonder how you lived with out it. It allows you to work quickly and use less dishes which means less clean up time.
When choosing your scale make sure you get one that will weight in grams, and pounds along with a having "TARE" feature. This feature simply removes the weight of any item placed on the platform. For Example: Place your container (bowl) on the scale's platform that will hold the item, and then push the "TARE" button. Your scale's display will reset to 0 by subtracting the weight of the container. Then simply place the item(s) in the container and your scale will display the actual weight of the item(s) in the container.
Scales are not that expensive so check on line you can find a nice one for well under $50.00.
Common Ingredients in Grams ... so you can convert your favorite recipes.