Category Archives: Tools

Joining guitar tops with fire

One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue. Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took … Continue reading

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Inside the Larrivee workshop

A 1983 documentary about the Larrivee workshops. A lot of great luthiers started their careers here. The video gives great insight in their working methods. Especially the often very creative solutions used in a pre-cnc workshop.

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The Poor Man’s Shop Stand (PMSS)

Work on the theorbos progresses; the first ribs are in place… Between the ribs is a little fillet. Ash on the walnut instrument (the large Schelle) and walnut on the ash instrument (the Sellas). For some time I wanted to … Continue reading

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Work on the theorbos continues…

Last week has been quite busy… Both musicians who commissioned the theorbos visited the shop. One of the things I like is that they are both around my age. People often seem to think Early Music is something for “old” … Continue reading

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Violin Making – a String Quartet –

A nice video with lots of inspiration…

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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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Theorbo fever

After the overhaul of the machine shop and completion of the student lute it is time to go on with the theorbos. The form for the Schelle has been completed, and the Sellas is next. This starts with making two … Continue reading

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Making the Höfner Violin Beatle Bass

Probably the most famous bass guitar in history: Paul McCartney’s Höfner Violin Bass. The compact shortscale instrument is ideal for those melodic bass lines we know from the Beatles songs. This film shows how these cute little basses are still … Continue reading

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The secrets of the viking sword

A lovely documentary on making the legendary ULFBERT seords  

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IMPRIMEO EST!

IMPRIMEO EST! (Or something like that); With a combination awkwardness and pride we like to announce that the “Minion-Press” is completed, up and running… It was finished just in time for a local art exhibition in my old home town … Continue reading

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