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The secrets of the viking sword

A lovely documentary on making the legendary ULFBERT seords   Advertisements

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What the Ancients knew

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Een ouwe tang… (An old pair of pliers)

In Dutch the word “Tang” can mean pliers, but also be used as a slightly rude synonym for a grumpy old lady. Years ago I found this pair of pliers at a local flea market. They intrigued me, because I didn’t have … Continue reading

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It’s witchcraft I tell you…

Robert L. Barclay is a Canadian instrument conservator, restorer and researcher, who literally wrote the book on instrument conservation. While the printed version of the book isn’t very cheap, the full text is available for free on the site of … Continue reading

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Blacksmithing with ADHD

G. was seven years old when he was brought to me. By then he already had spent a year in various institutions. He was unruly at school, and even at home his parents were at wits end. He broke things and … Continue reading

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