Monthly Archives: August 2016

Forgery at the shop…

One of the things I’ve wished for a long time is to have a small forge. Ever since being a boy blacksmithing has fascinated me. From old village smiths making farming tools to the Japanese epitome of the samurai sword. For … Continue reading

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Turning a set of Shawo bowls

Look at the way they turn these bowls. Willow isn’t expensive and there is plenty around. Yet they choose to waste as little as possible. Japanese woodworking always amazes me, the quality of the design and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. And … Continue reading

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Apprenticeship in Early Modern London…

A wonderful lecture on apprenticeship in early modern London. Recent studies have shown that learning a craft was far less stringent than we thought. Apprentices often swiched between different masters.

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Consumerism versus Makers

Do and believe whatever you like, but I’m not really one for conspiracy theories. This being said I do like the following TED-talk by Jacques Peretti about Consumerism and Makers. He certainly has a point, because over the last century … Continue reading

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Teenager builds the worlds largest piano.

This is definitely a cool project. In a quest for his ultimate sound, Adrian Mann from New Zealand made his own piano. Quite a tour de force for any maker, but what makes it even more impressive is that Adrian … Continue reading

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Restoring a vintage bus

As a woodworker I often get requests to repair or restore other things than guitars. Usually it’s furniture, and it depends on the piece (size, sometimes history, but also what needs to be repaired/restored) whether I take on the job. … Continue reading

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From the clavichord to the modern piano

A short introduction to the history of stringed keyboard instruments. The clavichord he demonstrates actually has quite a nice sound. Most of them just sound like playing on a deflating garbage bag…

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A guitar making course in the Netherlands

Click here for the Dutch version After years of residing in Arnhem the courses of “Bouwerskontakt” (Builders-Contact) move to Houtwerk Ede. In September we will start a new series of guitar making courses. With the guidance of three very enthusiast and skillfull … Continue reading

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Een cursus gitaarbouw in Ede

(Click here for the English version) Na een jarenlang verblijf in Arnhem verhuizen de cursussen van Bouwerskontakt naar Houtwerk Ede. Vanaf september start een nieuwe gitaarbouwcursus. Onder begeleiding van zeer enthousiaste, vakkundige leraren (Francesco Leicher, Maarten Borstrok, Jan van Cappelle) … Continue reading

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The Skippers of the Chameleon

In 1948 Dutch carpenter Hotze de Roos published his first book; a novel for children, named “De Schippers van de Kameleon” (The Skippers of the Chameleon). It’s about two brothers – identical twins -, the sons of a blacksmith. They … Continue reading

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