Monthly Archives: January 2017

Building the Minon Press – pt. 3

My boss commanded me to put in some overtime at the shop… Painted the minion carving and letters. And used some dark antique wax on the block. And assembled the frame… Advertisements

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Making a wooden printing press – pt. 2

You know this project is just for fun. Trying to learn more about historical printing by chasing my own fascinations. And the best way to learn is to put theory into practice. Literally getting hands-on experience. A project like this deserves … Continue reading

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I think something went wrong…

No, this blog post isn’t about the new American president, although you might suspect that from the title… Have you ever had the experience of assembling a wardrobe and ending up with something entirely different. Well something like that happened … Continue reading

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Guitar makers on the road…

People often ask me where I get the materials for instruments. The answer is both simple and complicated: EVERYWHERE… Lumber yards, sawmills, specialized dealers, gardens, etc. Sometimes even get pieces other builders don’t need anymore or are too small for them to … Continue reading

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Making a printing press…

As you know I vowed not to make a historical printing press… Well, guess what… It just happened, I couldn’t help myself. In the first week of january I was cleaning up the shop. Especially the machine shop was a real … Continue reading

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Renaissance lute

I’m currently working on a 7-course student lute. It’s based on the wonderful Georg Gerle lute in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Gerle made this lute for the cabinet of rarities of his patron. It is believed to be a … Continue reading

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A wooden bandsaw…

It’s going quite well in the shop. Finishing some projects and starting new ones… You probably know by now that deep down I’m a neo-luddite. I like to do things by hand or at least muscle power. But some electric … Continue reading

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The 24 violins of the king…

This is a beautiful project…

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Het is officieel…

Click here for the English version Het is officieel… Javaca Luthier / The Dutch Luthier is ingeschreven bij de Kamer van Koophandel! Een allround vakman die zich bezig houdt met nieuwbouw, reparatie, restauratie en het onderhouden van muziekinstrumenten. Daarnaast het vervaardigen van kunst, doen … Continue reading

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It’s official…

As from today I’m officially in business… Javaca Luthier/The Dutch Luthier is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. An all-round craftsman involved with a broad range of activities; instrument building, repairs, restorations and maintenance. But also historical research, writing, publishing, guitar … Continue reading

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