Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Jheronimus Bosch lute… pt. 3 – Ribs to spare

The reactions to this Jheronimus Bosch project have been overwhelming. Apparently more people are interested in this combination of art history and lutherie. Bosch is more popular than ever. The exhibition in the “Noordbrabants Museum” was completely sold out, with … Continue reading

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The making of a Steinway piano

One of the most famous instrument manufacturers in the world is Steinway. Here is an old 1929 movie about the construction of their pianos. Notice they already used electric glue pots. All in all the process doesn’t differ much from … Continue reading

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A Jheronimus Bosch lute… pt.2 – the saga continues

Most lute makers rely on a mould or form to glue the back together. Although it is possible to make a lute “up in the air” like some oud makers still do. In the first European description of a lute … Continue reading

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The making of a viola da gamba

I’m a maker of plucked instruments, but their bowed cousins are very dear to me. Especially the viola da gamba family. The first encounter was at the agr of fourteen, in the basement of the ‘Gemeentemuseum’ (Muncipal Museum) in The … Continue reading

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A lute from hell…

I have always been an admirer of the paintings by Jheronimus Bosch. His works – like those of Bruegel – are like ‘find Waldo’ plates, riddled with strange creatures, humor and symbolism. It’s easy to fill an evening staring at … Continue reading

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A day with Semi Moseley

There is nothing more inspiring and revealing as looking around in a chef’s kitchen.. The same with workshops of instrument makers. Here is a short video of Semie Moseley of the legendary Mosrite guitars. In a market dominated by Fender … Continue reading

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Dutch windmills

It’s one of the first things somebody will think about when Holland is mentioned… Cheese, clogs, tulips and… WINDMILLS! Before the industrial revolution dawned with the invention of the steam engine, the Dutch relied on the wind to power their … Continue reading

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A viking tool chest

Archaeology and history were two of my first loves. From the age of eight and onwards I studied everything I could find on the prehistorical cultures, ancient Egyptians, Romans, Vikings and local history. But along with reading the books I … Continue reading

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Langbroek in Kunst en Ambacht

Wist u dat Rembrandt ooit een schilderij van Langbroek maakte? Of dat de vuilnisman zijn ronde deed met paard en wagen? Misschien ziet u de bakkersjongen nog met zijn fiets langs de huizen gaan? Op de avond van 11 mei … Continue reading

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The zig-zag chair…

When we visited the new Centraal Museum in Utrecht a few weeks ago. we had a chance to try a couple of ‘zig-zag’ chairs after Gerrit Rietveld. As she sat down Sandra said jokingly: “Well, this is comfortable, can you make one of … Continue reading

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