Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Jheronimus Bosch Lute pt. 7 – Painting a lute…

As you know I often use paintings as inspiration for my instruments. I use them as historical sources, and look for paralels with existing instruments and between paintings of certain makers, times and places themselves. Being a visual thinker (often … Continue reading

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The Jheronimus Bosch Lute pt. 6 – Heads and nuts

It has been a while since I posted about the Bosch lute. Some other lutherie related subjects needed attention. And while this lute is just a side-project it had to wait a little while. In some forgotten moments I made … Continue reading

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The Dolmetsch workshop

It can be hard to imagine that “Early music” is quite a recent invention. It started in the late 19th and early 20th century. Somewhat along with the Arts and Crafts movement people started to rediscover the music of the … Continue reading

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D’Angelico and D’Aquisto

To most guitar enthusiasts the names D’Angelico and D’Aquisto have a magical ring. Along with Lloyd Loar they are seen as the godfathers (maybe a somewhat awkward term for two New Yorkers with Italian names) of the archtop guitar. John … Continue reading

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The Victorian Pharmacy

Over the years I have collected a couple of instruction books for pharmacists and druggists. They contain recipes for everything you can imagine, from hoof tar to paints, cosmetics, rat poison, soap, wax, shoe polish, varnishes, liquors, glues and even fireworks. Most … Continue reading

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The Gibson “Banner” guitars

This is a fantastisc project. During WWII the production at the Gibson factory was taken over by women. They made a series of instruments that would become known as the “banner” guitars. Regarded as some of the finest guitars Gibson … Continue reading

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Squaring timber

One of the best things about re-enactment is that you get to meet likeminded people. People who work in different crafts and techniques, but all with a strong sense of history and translating it for people today. One of our … Continue reading

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The Jheronimus Bosch Lute pt.5 – a rose going public…

Last weekend Sandra and I were guests at a living history event called “The World of Jheronimus Bosch”. It was held at two locations in the city; the “Parade” next to the St. John Cathedral and in the streets around … Continue reading

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Modern and baroque violins

Many people admire the sound of old violins by the great Italian masters. But what they often don’t know is that most of these instruments started their lives in a different form, and were converted in later ages. Stradivari himself … Continue reading

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A little video…

A week ago two reporters of the local television station came to the shop to make a short item about guitar making. It was aired in their program ‘Campustalk‘. The language is Dutch (maybe Youtube may generate some translated subtitles). … Continue reading

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