Tag Archives: Metalwork

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

Posted in Projects, Re-enactment, Think different, Tools, Uncategorized, Woodworking, Workshop | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Projects, Research, Tools, Uncategorized, Workshop | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in History, Projects, Re-enactment, Research, Tools, Uncategorized, Woodworking, Workshop | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The secrets of the viking sword

A lovely documentary on making the legendary ULFBERT seords  

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What the Ancients knew

Ter leringe ende vermaak… (For learning and entertainment…) Or perhaps more for inspirational purposes?

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgery at the shop…

One of the things I’ve wished for a long time is to have a small forge. Ever since being a boy blacksmithing has fascinated me. From old village smiths making farming tools to the Japanese epitome of the samurai sword. For … Continue reading

Posted in Projects, Research, Think different, Tools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The making of a Steinway piano

One of the most famous instrument manufacturers in the world is Steinway. Here is an old 1929 movie about the construction of their pianos. Notice they already used electric glue pots. All in all the process doesn’t differ much from … Continue reading

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A viking tool chest

Archaeology and history were two of my first loves. From the age of eight and onwards I studied everything I could find on the prehistorical cultures, ancient Egyptians, Romans, Vikings and local history. But along with reading the books I … Continue reading

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A visit to the Wurlitzer Jukebox Factory…

Wandering around Youtube, looking for interesting videos, I found this 1950’s educational film of the Wurlitzer factory. A little movie about the Wurlitzer factory in which the Wurlitzer workers, make Wurlitzer designed Wurlitzer jukeboxes out of Wurlitzer parts and Wurlitzer … Continue reading

Posted in Documentary, Movies, Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A pink cookie tin banjo

Today I finished this little project: A pink “Cookie Tin Banjo”. I’ve always had a weak spot for the banjo. Especially the older open back types, often homemade, fretless and strung with gut. But here on the European continent they are … Continue reading

Posted in Nonsense, Projects, Research, Think different, Thoughts, Tools, Uncategorized, Woodworking, Workshop | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments