Category Archives: Thoughts

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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The Minion Press is almost ready…

I know it has been a bit silent on the blog lately. But that doesn’t mean that I have been sitting still. On the contrary, my days have been so filled that there was no time left for writing. One … Continue reading

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Niccolo Machiavelli

It has been years since I’ve read The Prince by Machiavelli. I know some people see i as one of the most influential books in their life, a source of inspiration and a guide for the rest of their life. And … Continue reading

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Food for thought…

I have tried to write a blog about the first week of the new American president. But it just didn’t work, I simply couldn’t find the right words to express the combination of pity, disgust, anger, fear, sadness and disbelief … Continue reading

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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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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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From garbage to music – meet The Landfill Harmonic

This project is amazing; people living on a garbage dump in Paraguay make instruments from discarded materials. These are then used to learn the kids to play music and form an orchestra. It’s so inspiring to see that, even against … Continue reading

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Traditie

For the English version click here… “TRADITIONEEL” – Het is een woord wat we bijna dagelijks tegenkomen. We drinken ‘traditioneel’ gebrouwen bier en eten rookworst of brood bereid volgens eeuwenoude traditie.  Als we geen uitwegen meer weten voor onze gezondheid, vallen we terug op … Continue reading

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Where to go? – Some ideas and plans for the future

Over the course of my relatively short life I’ve had a lot of experience with rejection and dropping out. I’ve just never fitted in with the ‘normal’ system of living. I tried over and over again but it always ended … Continue reading

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