Category Archives: Thoughts

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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The Mechanical Joke Maker…

This is absolutely genius; The combination of visual humor and mechanics is beautiful. No real idea other than making people wonder and bringing a smile to their face… Sometimes it can be a powerful antidote to the sadness and cruelty … Continue reading

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The twisted sounds of the Tromba Marina

Some weeks ago I posted a blog about the tromba marina project. One of the freewheelin‘ projects I allow myself after completing a large project. The tromba marina was finished the same week, but I forgot to post pictures. As … Continue reading

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Freewheelin’

After completion of a large intensive project (like the Schelle theorbo), I need some time to recuperate. Cleaning up the shop and clearing my head… For the latter I often make something outside of my normal range, to explore. Like … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail

One of my lutherie teachers always said that instrument makers are always in search of the Holy Grail… Well, last week I found one while making a theorbo…

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A long post about a large neck

It has been quite a while since I posted an update on the Schelle theorbo. Let’s just say that the focus has been on building instead of writing. Long days and many events. Integral part of the theorbo is its … Continue reading

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Roy Underhill TED-Talk: “Have Broad Axe, Will Travel”

One of the more active TED-Talks: I’m not a huge fan of Roy Underhill’s videos, they are usually a bit over-acted (although one could regard that a sort of cult-style like Bob Ross). But in this TED-Talk he makes a … Continue reading

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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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The workplace: Jan van Cappelle, Guitarmaker

At school they used to threaten him when the results were bad; “You wouldn’t want to work with your hands, would you?”. Like working with your hands is of less value than with your head. But the job of a … Continue reading

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A secret project

Lately I get a lot of invitations for weird weird projects and odd events. Guess it is something in the water here in Holland. One of those projects is a sort of luthier showcase. A group of Dutch and Belgian … Continue reading

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