Monthly Archives: March 2016

To make and use historical hand planes

For the reenactment project I make reconstructions of the tools depicted by Jost Amman in his portrait of “Der Lautenmacher” (1568). At the workbench we see a variety of tools: A mallet Chisels (and gouges?) Two hand planes And in … Continue reading

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Woodturning in 1930

A beautiful little movie gem. The short film “Der Drechsler” from 1930…

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Guitar making in Malawi

Here’s a video of a great project: Loic Lemaire and Lennert van de Velde, two students of ILSA (International Lutherie School Antwerp), went to Malawi as a part of their internship. They gave a two week course for the Music … Continue reading

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A home made pattern makers vise…

One of the most versatile tools in a luthier’s workshop is a pattern makers vise. Also marketed under the name “Guitar Repair Vise”. With their swiveling jaws they can be used to clamp and hold irregular shaped and tapered objects, like … Continue reading

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Early instruments revived…

Two fragments of the 1937 Dutch Cinema News about early musical instruments. They even give short demonstrations on these museumpieces… The trumpets sound almost as haunting as the ‘Trumpets of the Pharao’… All these instruments were collected in the early … Continue reading

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– Ben Ali Libi –

Every time I see politicians screaming at each other, crying out and cursing immigrants and refugees, the last lines of a poem resonate in the back of my head. It was written by Willem Wilmink, a Dutch poet and song writer. … Continue reading

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Le Petit Roubo…

Today I finished this “little” project: a small table top workbench. It was made after the drawings and writings Andre J. Roubo left in his work “L’Art Du Menuisier” (click here for a translation by Lost Art Press). I made this … Continue reading

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Why arts graduates are under-employed

“The School of Life” was founded by philosopher Alain de Botton. In a more secularized world they try to find answers to life’s big questions. The School offers a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely … Continue reading

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In the making – lute maker Stephen Gottlieb

In 1980 this documentary was made about lute maker Stephen Gottlieb (1945-2014). I was fortunate enough to meet mr. Gottlieb at the 2012 CordeFactum conference in Hingene, Belgium. It was great to attend his lecture and get a chance to … Continue reading

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A Studley-like toolchest…

The ‘Studley Tool Chest’ is a legend among woodworkers. We pass around the pictures from time to time, and stand in awe by the collection of fine tools it contains, let alone the craftsmanship it took to store all tools in … Continue reading

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