Category Archives: Restorations

Last weeks in random pictures…

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Because a picture may say more than a thousand words… As you can see it has been a rather busy time. Working on instruments and the old fire engine, re-enactment, cathing up with old friends, giving courses etc. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Opel Blitz

One of my personal quirks is that I am interested in almost everything. Especially when it has to do with history, technology, crafts, science or arts. And even better; a combination of these. It sometimes brings me to the most … Continue reading

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New guitar plans: Panormo – 1825

As you all know; drawing guitar plans is one of my hobbies. It’s like a complicated puzzle, measuring an instrument, trying to reconstruct the original design and translating it into a workable set of plans. My last addition to the … Continue reading

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Forgotten tools: the barking knife

I wrote this post almost two years ago, in the early months of this blog. But it went into the background because it needed some extra information. Almost forgot about it, until last week… Schilschop My father and I were … 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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A week in the drawing room…

Work in the shop has come to a temporary halt. The reason is that our landlord has chosen to renovate the bathroom at home. So someone has to stay at home while they work. But this doesn’t mean I sit … 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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Oddball projects

I’m always working on multiple projects at a time. Repairs, new builts, restorations, new designs and solutions; my friends tell me that the shop often looks like the lab of a mad scientist. In one corner a the glue of … Continue reading

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A Dutch archtop from the 1940’s…

Every now and then someone walks in with a special project. This is certainly one of those. A little piece of Dutch guitar making heritage… When it came to me it was a mess: a loose neck, large gap between … Continue reading

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A Höfner and a Gun…

There is quite a lot going on in the shop at the moment. I finally got the feeling that I’m alive again. Last week I completed the restoration of  a lovely Dutch made archtop from 1948 (more on that one … Continue reading

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