Category Archives: Woodworking

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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A special parlor: The Grunewald “Harp-Guitar”

One of the perks of guitar making are the special guitars that sometimes pass the shop. And being a somewhat quirky person I somehow manage get some of the oddest pieces of guitar history. Like this 10-string “Harp-Guitar” made by … 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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A Dutch Tool Chest

During the days at the Batavia Shipyard it became clear to me that I want two new toolboxes, destined for the re-enactment events. The reason is that some of my tools are simply too dear to me to expose them … Continue reading

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A home-made drawknife

Another addition to my historical toolboxes just has to be a drawknife. A tool that has been around since Roman times, it survived the ages very well. I am always looking for suitable stock materials to make edge tools. Old … Continue reading

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Demodag at Baptist Tools

Last Saturday I attended the “demo-day” at Baptist Toolshop in Arnhem. They invited three other woodworkers and toolmakers like Tormek, Record Power and Mafell to show their goods and innovations… My neighbour was bowyer Simon van der Heijden, who makes … Continue reading

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A 17th century “Dutch Plane” – (free plans!)

In 1628 the Swedish warship Vasa set out for its maiden voyage. With 64 canons on 2 decks it was the pride of the Swedish marine. But this was shortlived; after only one mile she keeled over, water poored trough … Continue reading

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Sellas theorbo update…

While the re-enactment season has started, work in the shop continues as normal. Jannemieke’s Sellas theorbo is getting along fine. Time for an update… The carvings on the back of the neck are finished. We were a little bit in … Continue reading

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Renaissance chisels

It’s virtually impossible to make a 100% accurate re-enactment kit. Especially on a low budget. Sandra and I decided to start with a basic set and improve it over time. Replace, add and remove materials, clothes, cutlery, tools and accessories. … Continue reading

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Building instruments live at the Batavia shipyard…

Last weekend my re-enactment season for 2018 started. Along with the bookbinder of “The Paper Unicorn” we’ve been asked to show our crafts at the Batavia Shipyard in Lelystad. The first day we stood at the museum, but we moved … Continue reading

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