Category Archives: Workshop

“The Beast unleashed”- the Lion Theorbo leaving the nest.

As you know I am working on a large theorbo after the Matheus Buechenberg (Rome, 1614) in the V&A museum. Nomally I make lutes with anything from 7 to 19 ribs. But making a 41 rib bowl in Yew heartwood … Continue reading

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The Ace of Spades

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man, You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me, The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don’t share your greed, the only … Continue reading

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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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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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We have a theorbo!

Work continues on Jannemieke’s Sellas theorbo. We’re very close to completion… The bracing glued and shaped Time to close the box… Installing the fingerboard points… And time to attach the neck extention… The instrument is finally at its full length. … 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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Forging ahead

It’s a craft that always captivated me: blacksmithing. The art of working and shaping metal into useable objects. I was always fond of the “Skippers of the Kameleon“, a Dutch series of childrens books, written by Hotze de Roos. In … Continue reading

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