Category Archives: Documentary

Early Medieval Iron Making

This movie is the first thing I ever saw about early iron production. And it fascinated me completely. Literally combining the four elements in the process to make something. Earth + water make cobb Air dries the oven Fire breaks … Continue reading

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14 Histoires de Guitares

At the 8th of january an enveloppe fell on my doormat. So far nothing unusual, that happens regularly, but this time it contained a nice surprise: the new cd “14 Histoires de Guitares” by Canadian guitarist David Jacques. Over the … Continue reading

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Iron Smelting in Africa

Another documentary about iron smelting. See how similar the methods are… Continue reading

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The Dollhouses of Death (that changed forensic science).

Ok, I already liked dollhouses and dioramas, but this is a whole other league… In the fourties Frances Glessner Lee built dollhouses replicating crime scenes. These instruments were used for training of forensic scientists and police. And now – 70 … Continue reading

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Brook Guitars

A documentary about Brook Guitars, a company founded by the legendary Andy Manson. One of the things I really like is that they choose to use local woods for their instruments. Also their notion about making guitars for a living … 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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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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A viking invasion..!

In the early middle ages, Dorestad was one of the most important trading posts in Europe. And most Dutch people will know from the history lessons in school that it was attacked by the Vikings multiple times. Last weekend the … Continue reading

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The secrets of the viking sword

A lovely documentary on making the legendary ULFBERT seords  

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