Tag Archives: Leonard de Vries

How to make bakelite?

Why in the world is a woodworker interested in bakelite? You might ask. Well, because it was widely used to make some of the coolest objects we know. Early radio’s, telephones, light switches, knobs… Before the invention of thermoplastics it … Continue reading

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Technological aptitude vs education.

This article was printed in the “Hobby Club“-magazine of May 1951, under redaction of Leonard de Vries. I kept the translation as close to the Dutch original as possible, so some sentences will probably appear somewhat strange to modernday readers. … Continue reading

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An Early Maker Story From Holland

We think of the maker movement as a modern phenomena propelled by the internet, the growth of makerspaces, and increasingly affordable digital tools. But making, of course, is anything but new. Humans have always been makers. Jan van Cappelle’s career … Continue reading

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