Tag Archives: Lute

Carving along…

As you know I am always on the lookout for inspiration. This can literally be found anywhere: nature, books, movies, etc. But works by other craftsmen and -women often prove to be the best examples. Like this “Boerenwagen” (Farmers-wagon) encountered … Continue reading

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What is a Theorbo, Really?

I get a lot of questions about theorbos lately. They range from “is that a real instrument” to “what’s the best season to harvest sheep guts”, and all varieties in between. So I was relieved to find a short YouTube … Continue reading

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Small Sellas update

I’ve been busy with a variety of projects, from making two theorbos and viking chests (more on that later) to designing a baroque lute, moving a museum and making plans for a rope walk… But first an update on the … Continue reading

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A change of plans

Over the years it has become quite well known that I draw instrument plans. Lutes, guitars and even the legendary Harmony Stratotones. Many of these have found their way to the workbenches of fellow luthiers all over the world. I … Continue reading

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A long post about a large neck

It has been quite a while since I posted an update on the Schelle theorbo. Let’s just say that the focus has been on building instead of writing. Long days and many events. Integral part of the theorbo is its … Continue reading

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Not all about roses…

Again life has been rather busy and time has proven itself to be a scarce commodity. The weekend after we came back from our holiday another re-enactment event was planed. Close to home this time: Open Monuments Day in Wijk … Continue reading

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Another standard to measure by…

Adding another standard to my measurements… 😃 This is the most frustrating one to do. Sebastian Schelle probably used the “Neuremberger Stadtfuß” which is 304 mm in lengt, broken up in 12 “Zoll” of 25,333333333333mm. So the foot is just … Continue reading

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The Theorbo Saga continues…

It has been a rather busy week here, no time for an update. The tops of both lutes have been thicknessed. Here we find the differences between baroque and renaissance lutes. In short: renaissance lutes are slightly thinner in the … Continue reading

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Purfling between your ribs..

Between the ribs of both theorbos there is a small band of a contrasting color.  Walnut for the ash bowl of the Sellas, and vice versa on the Schelle. They are almost a photo negative of each other. The 1,5 … Continue reading

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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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