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 meet him later. He was very kind to the young luthiers, patiently answering our questions and sharing his knowledge with everyone.

One of the best things about CordeFactum was the bar in the cellar of the castle. In the evening all builders gathered to share a beer, laughs ideas, tips and tricks. Often it got very late…

This year’s edition of CordeFactum will be held next weekend in Mechelen. I regret not being able to get there. Maybe next time…
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