Category Archives: Research

Guestblog: The Lyre of Trossingen – pt. 2

Luit van der Tuuk is a Dutch author and independent researcher, specialized in the early middle ages. He is also the curator of Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede. In 1857 Matthias Hohner started the manufacture of harmonicas in Trossingen. … 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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Guestblog: The Lyre of Trossingen – pt. 1

Luit van der Tuuk is a Dutch author and independent researcher, specialized in the early middle ages. He is also the curator of Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede. In 2001 en 2002 twelve graves were discovered in an early … Continue reading

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A lyre delivered…

It’s always a special moment when instruments are delivered to the players. As a maker you can only do so much, it only becomes complete when it is played by someone who really knows what to do. The plan for … Continue reading

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The Trossingen Lyre Project

An introduction to the Trossingen Lyre Project. Continue reading

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Some busy days at the project we call life

To my regret this blog isn’t updated as much as I would like. The reason? There are too many things to do and to few hours in a day… Another factor was that I had no computer or tablet to … Continue reading

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Life as a Professional Time Traveller

Last week a friend called me a “Professional Time Traveller”. A joke, but I think in a sense he is right… I tend to take leapfrogs trough history one day measuring an original guitar from 1760, the next adjusting a … Continue reading

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FREE Vihuela plans!

Yes you read it correctly. As a summer surprise I’m giving away one of my plans for free… A year ago some of my students at the Bouwerskontakt lutherie course asked whether they could make some historical instruments. A baroque … Continue reading

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King David and his pretty little lyres

When researching the old European lyres there are two pictures that always keep surfacing: The Vespasian Lyre Probably the most famous is the one of King David in the Vespasian Psalter (Southern England, 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 8th … Continue reading

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Forging ahead

It’s a craft that always captivated me: blacksmithing. The art of working and shaping metal into useable objects. I was always fond of the “Skippers of the Kameleon“, a Dutch series of childrens books, written by Hotze de Roos. In … Continue reading

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