Category Archives: Books

The Trossingen Lyre – A new set of plans…

As you know a large part of my year has been occupied with research after the lyre of Trossingen and making a couple reconstructions. I often got asked to make a set of plans for people who want to make … Continue reading

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The Prittlewell Lyre

In 2003, archaeologists of the Museum of London Archaeology uncovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon grave chamber near Southend, Essex. It soon became apparent this was not a normal burial. The person had been laid to rest with a plethora … Continue reading

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The Trossingen Lyre Project

An introduction to the Trossingen Lyre Project. Continue reading

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Printing for Copernicus

About a week ago my friends of The Paper Unicorn asked me whether I would like to bring out the Minion Press, for the official opening of an exhibition about Copernicus. Location? The St. Walburgis church in Zutphen… Where did … Continue reading

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A chained library

During the weekends at the Batavia shipyard Paper Unicorn’s bookbinder Astrid spoke about the idea of making a portable chained library. For many people this is one of the first things they think about when the subject of medieval books … Continue reading

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Blueprint posters available!

Over the years people often bought my guitar plans to hang as a poster in their homes. But the large A0 prints are sometimes too big for the wall. People often asked me to bring out smaller poster versions of … Continue reading

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End of the tour

Over the last weeks I often felt like a traveling circus. Performing in another town each week. Very busy, but also very cool. A wide range of events with the most interesting variety people; vikings, bookbinders, medieval re-enactors, woodworkers, guitar … Continue reading

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The Theorbo – Making lute forms

A lage part of the construction process of a lute is making the mould or form on which it is made. There are multiple ways to construct these, all with their own pros and cons. Solid or skeleton We don’t … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Dick Bruna, father of Miffy

Last week Dutch writer and illustrator Dick Bruna passed away at the age of 89. Most people will know his most famous creation; Miffy Bruna was born and lived his entire life in Utrecht. Along with Gerrit Rietveld he’s one … Continue reading

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Sinful Earthworms and Wavering Hearts…

It’s almost time to cut the rose in the soundboard. Before the back of the rose is reinforced. I use some old, 18th century paper for this. It’s from two books I found at the local flea market… Please note … Continue reading

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