Monthly Archives: April 2016

A visit to the Wurlitzer Jukebox Factory…

Wandering around Youtube, looking for interesting videos, I found this 1950’s educational film of the Wurlitzer factory. A little movie about the Wurlitzer factory in which the Wurlitzer workers, make Wurlitzer designed Wurlitzer jukeboxes out of Wurlitzer parts and Wurlitzer … Continue reading

Posted in Documentary, Movies, Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to make bakelite?

Why in the world is a woodworker interested in bakelite? You might ask. Well, because it was widely used to make some of the coolest objects we know. Early radio’s, telephones, light switches, knobs… Before the invention of thermoplastics it … Continue reading

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A unique find at Texel – pt. 2

Last week I reported about the discovery of a 17th century wardrobe just for the coast of the Dutch island of Texel. Now two researchers of the Amsterdam and Leiden universities, Helmer Helmers and Nadine Akkerman, discovered that it belonged to someone … Continue reading

Posted in History, Research, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

If We Sacrifice Trees, then Who is the God?

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
Working with wood has always seemed like it’s something more than just refashioning dead vegetable matter into useful items. Unlike metal, wood has a way of reminding us of the time it took for…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An original maker: Paul Elkins

This is just so inspiring… Based near Stanwood Washington, polymath Paul Elkins builds bicycles, pedalcars, tiny homes and shelters, boats, furniture. I am partial to the idea that it’s much more satisfying to make something yourself, rather than buying it; … Continue reading

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rietveld and Mondrian

Sometimes people ask why there are pictures of the works of Rietveld and Mondrian in my workshop. After all I make historical, often ornamented instruments, which have nothing to do with that “modernist crap”… The works of Rietveld and Mondrian … Continue reading

Posted in Documentary, History, Research, Think different, Uncategorized, Woodworking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a WOODEN Chair…

It’s probably one of the most (in)famous pieces of furniture we know. The so called ‘Red-Blue-Chair’, by Gerrit Rietveld. A design classic, a sort of 3D Mondrian in itself. Famous for its modern looks and as a break with design tradition. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, History, Research, Think different, Uncategorized, Woodworking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strange things happening…

Who can tell..?

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

The Clogmaker

Earlier this year I posted this blog about “The Clog Makers Apprentice”. Here are some clips in which Jeremy Atkinson shows how he makes these clogs. His craftsmanship is awesome!    

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Luthier’s tale

Get a group of luthiers together and they immediately start to talk shop; discussing methods, materials, glues, sound concepts… In something that seems like an own language all to themselves. For a ‘normal’ person there is neither rhyme nor reason to … Continue reading

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments