Monthly Archives: September 2016

Meet us at Hernen!

Come and meet us this weekend at Hernen Castle! The annual Medieval Year Market All old crafts combined: Bookbinders, woodworkers, embroiders, rope makers, leather workers, musicians, basket weavers, smokers, cooks, textile workers, blacksmiths, brick and tile makers… And many more! … Continue reading

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Learning from the master – pt. 2

Something in line with the previous blogs on education and creativity… Again a plea for more craftsmanship in education. A lot of the quirks and impediments people have are a result of our current system of education and the modern … Continue reading

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A multifunctional house…

The Sugimoto house was made in the 18th century. But it looks like it could have been constructed yesterday. The open, modular space. The duality of functions in a room… In the west this idea would first be introduced by … Continue reading

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The Element pt.2 – Zen Pencils

Love this comic by Zen Pencils. It’s inspired by Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED-Talk I posted earlier this week. I think there is a lot of truth in it. Too often we’re pushed into a direction we never wanted to go. … Continue reading

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The Element

Shortly after my burn-out someone sent me a link to this TED Talk… With over 40 million views it’s the most popular TED Talk ever. And with reason, because its message resonates within our society. These are the problems deeply rooted … Continue reading

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Learning from the master…

There are a couple of ways to learn. One manner is to learn by watching. Like this movie about the way Montreal based luthier Michael Greenfield makes his guitars. It’s a nice insight in contemporary guitar making, using present-day methods … Continue reading

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Coca Cola history

It’s probably one of the best known brands in the world. And its history is almost synonymous to the development of marketing and name branding, intertwined with popular culture. Quite an achievement when you realize it’s just carbonated sugar water… … Continue reading

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Tight Nuts or A Rusty Tool?

One of my many quirks is that I like bad linguistical humor. Misspellings that give a sentence a whole different meaning, ambiguity, taking things literally that should be interpreted metaphorical and vise versa… Sometimes you come across little jewels. Like … Continue reading

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Instruments made of PVC… – A material meditation –

One of the mottos I live by is: “There are no inferior materials, just bad applications”  There is much said and done about the materials we use to make instruments. Guitar makers are always in search for the best woods. … Continue reading

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A toolshed in a museum…

I stole this little clip from Alex Holden. It combines some of the things I love: tools, museums, art and bringing people together to do/make something. The old chest featured in this clip is the “Benjamin Seaton Tool Chest” a … Continue reading

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