Category Archives: Books

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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I shall not build an historic printing press…

Repeat after me: “I shall not build an historic printing press…” I use this mantra to keep myself from diving into another crazy project. Most readers of this blog know that the history of printing and its practice is something that … Continue reading

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Little Free Library and Outdoor Cinema

This weekthe Netherlands celebrate the “National Children’s Books Week”. A special week to get reading and children’s books in the spotlight. With our Little Free Library we wanted to use this occasion to start participating in the “KinderZwerfboek” (English translation: … 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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