Monthly Archives: July 2017

Roy Underhill TED-Talk: “Have Broad Axe, Will Travel”

One of the more active TED-Talks: I’m not a huge fan of Roy Underhill’s videos, they are usually a bit over-acted (although one could regard that a sort of cult-style like Bob Ross). But in this TED-Talk he makes a … Continue reading

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Joining guitar tops with fire

One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue. Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took … Continue reading

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Making a helmet

This little movie is quite useful. There are some great ideas in there, like how to make the shape of the helmet. I usually make tempates for the parts of wearables like these with masking tape. Just apply multiple layers, … Continue reading

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Inside the Larrivee workshop

A 1983 documentary about the Larrivee workshops. A lot of great luthiers started their careers here. The video gives great insight in their working methods. Especially the often very creative solutions used in a pre-cnc workshop.

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The Poor Man’s Shop Stand (PMSS)

Work on the theorbos progresses; the first ribs are in place… Between the ribs is a little fillet. Ash on the walnut instrument (the large Schelle) and walnut on the ash instrument (the Sellas). For some time I wanted to … Continue reading

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A video impression of the last Viking Weekend…

A lovely video of the Viking Weekend at Museum Dorestad. The museum will close in october and move to a new location. So grab your chance to visit.  

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Work on the theorbos continues…

Last week has been quite busy… Both musicians who commissioned the theorbos visited the shop. One of the things I like is that they are both around my age. People often seem to think Early Music is something for “old” … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Nobel Lecture

On 2016 Robert Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Like almost all things he does, it struck a lot of discussion and controversy. People quarreling over the question wether it was just to give this … Continue reading

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Violin Making – a String Quartet –

A nice video with lots of inspiration…

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The Jew’s Harp

A very nice TED-talk about an almost forgotten instrument. It’s one of the instruments I often take along to re-enactment events; the “Mondharp” (Dutch: mouth-harp), better known as “Jew’s Harp”. The name has nothing to do with Hebrew roots, but … Continue reading

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