Tag Archives: Nonsense

The Dutch Dive Hammer

In our series about lost and forgotten tools, today we will see our Dutch Dive Hammer. A unique and very rare tool with a fascinating history. This precision instrument is specially made for divers, to use in underwater applications. A … Continue reading

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Why left handed guitar players are a minority…

And now for something delightfully different… Frisian gentle giant and guitar maker Aiko Timmer asked himself this question. Why left handed guitar players are a minority. After some thorough investigation and deliberation he formed the following hypothesis… Seems plausible, doesn’t … Continue reading

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I think something went wrong…

No, this blog post isn’t about the new American president, although you might suspect that from the title… Have you ever had the experience of assembling a wardrobe and ending up with something entirely different. Well something like that happened … Continue reading

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The modern way of violin making…

Sometimes tradition can only take you so far and mechanisation is needed. The world of violin making is quite opposed to this, especially when Stradivari didn’t use it. In these two clips you see the merits of mechanisation in violin … Continue reading

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A late medieval chainsaw

With a little bit of luck, history is just around the corner. A couple of weeks ago my neighbor walked in the shop. In his hand a plastic shopping bag with a lot of mud streaks on the outside. “You … Continue reading

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Hanging your lutes to the wind (pt. 2)

I’ve had a lot of comments on my “hanging your lutes to the wind“-blog. Thanks to everybody for their reaction. Here is a short overview of some of them… Serious Most of the reactions were serious suggestions. Some thought the … Continue reading

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Hanging your lutes to the wind

A few years ago the conservator of the Antwerp Vleeshuis museum showed me this picture. It’s named “The Calvinist uproar restrained”, and was made by Frans Hogenberg between 1567 and 1570. This was the time of the 80-year war between … Continue reading

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Tight Nuts or A Rusty Tool?

One of my many quirks is that I like bad linguistical humor. Misspellings that give a sentence a whole different meaning, ambiguity, taking things literally that should be interpreted metaphorical and vise versa… Sometimes you come across little jewels. Like … Continue reading

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Strange visitors at the shop…

Not a day goes by without a visitor in the shop; players, makers, family, friends, the local cats and dogs or an incidental Power Tools Witness spreading the word and reminding me that unplugged woodworkers will end in hell… But … Continue reading

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The Shorthand Saw

In the category of almost forgotten tools we present; The Shorthand Saw The history of the shorthand saw is shrouded in a mist of myths. We find the first description in a short note of the Roman writer Plumbius the Smaller. He … Continue reading

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