Category Archives: Documentary

The secrets of the viking sword

A lovely documentary on making the legendary ULFBERT seords  

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Building the Pharaoh’s Chariot

Inspiration can be found everywhere. In my opinion a luthier shouldn’t only look at his or here own field of knowledge, but broaden the scope. We’re essentially making air pumps, constructed of a tightened piece of material over a box. … Continue reading

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Recording ’50s Style…

I find it hard to describe how cool this project is. A documentary about a recording studio where they only use fifties and sixties equipment. Modelled after the famous Sun studios. A world of ribbon microphones, band-recorders, and tube compressors. … Continue reading

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I just stumbled upon this movie/animation about the restoration of a 19th century Rafael Ortega guitar. The way in which it is pictured is great. So for inspiration and entertainment…

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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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The history of machine tools

In connection with the previous movie about the history of handtools, now one a out the history of machine tools…

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The 24 violins of the king…

This is a beautiful project…

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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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More wooden boat building…

This 1940’s educational movie is just a little gem. A bit overly-romantic, but on the other hand it shows how much our society has changed over the last 70 years.

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Look! Art – a video portrait of Javaca Luthier

A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from two reporters of a local television station. They make a program about artists in the neighborhood and asked if they could come to the workshop to make a portrait. At … Continue reading

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