Monthly Archives: December 2016

Huge news…

It has been a while, and I got a little bit caught up in the end-of-year madness. After two days of Christmas obligations it’s great to be back at the workbench. I’m off to a flying start. The new year … Continue reading

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Colorful notes

Sometimes I just can’t help doing something weird or crazy. It helps to make the rather dull world in which we live a little more beautiful and bearable. So when I found these sets of colored strings at a bargain, I … Continue reading

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More wooden boat building…

This 1940’s educational movie is just a little gem. A bit overly-romantic, but on the other hand it shows how much our society has changed over the last 70 years.

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Look! Art – a video portrait of Javaca Luthier

A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from two reporters of a local television station. They make a program about artists in the neighborhood and asked if they could come to the workshop to make a portrait. At … Continue reading

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Wooden boat building

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A late medieval chainsaw

With a little bit of luck, history is just around the corner. A couple of weeks ago my neighbor walked in the shop. In his hand a plastic shopping bag with a lot of mud streaks on the outside. “You … Continue reading

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The magic of roses…

One very characteristic element in early guitars is the use of black and colored mastic for inlays. Like in the border around the sound hole or intricate patterns on the soundboard. A little graft is made and cut pieces of bone, … Continue reading

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18th century brewery

One of the first things people did after adopting a sedentary lifestyle was baking bread and brewing beer. Because I am always interested in how something was made, and think one should atleast try everything once. So about five years … Continue reading

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History of handtools

To a craftsman his tools are just as important as the work at hand. Without tools it’s hard to make something. And in the past often they were the most valuable thing someone possessed. Where do our tools originate and … Continue reading

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Ben and his theorbo

Recently my attention has been drawn to theorbos (more on that later). The famous large, long necked lutes with an even longer neck. During some browsing I found this little movie about Benjamin Stein and his theorbo. I like the … Continue reading

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