Tag Archives: Quality

The workplace: Jan van Cappelle, Guitarmaker

At school they used to threaten him when the results were bad; “You wouldn’t want to work with your hands, would you?”. Like working with your hands is of less value than with your head. But the job of a … Continue reading

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A secret project

Lately I get a lot of invitations for weird weird projects and odd events. Guess it is something in the water here in Holland. One of those projects is a sort of luthier showcase. A group of Dutch and Belgian … Continue reading

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I just stumbled upon this movie/animation about the restoration of a 19th century Rafael Ortega guitar. The way in which it is pictured is great. So for inspiration and entertainment…

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Look! Art – a video portrait of Javaca Luthier

A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from two reporters of a local television station. They make a program about artists in the neighborhood and asked if they could come to the workshop to make a portrait. At … Continue reading

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From garbage to music – meet The Landfill Harmonic

This project is amazing; people living on a garbage dump in Paraguay make instruments from discarded materials. These are then used to learn the kids to play music and form an orchestra. It’s so inspiring to see that, even against … Continue reading

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Oddball projects

I’m always working on multiple projects at a time. Repairs, new builts, restorations, new designs and solutions; my friends tell me that the shop often looks like the lab of a mad scientist. In one corner a the glue of … Continue reading

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Garbage – pt. 2

Last week I posted the song “Garbage, Garbage, Garbage” by Pete Seeger. To me the strength of Pete’s songs is that they can be shared. Covers by others have become classics (“If I Had A Hammer” by Trini Lopez or … Continue reading

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Open letter to Donald Trump

Dear mr. Trump, I know you are a very busy man, and probably have no time to read this, but hope you will find a moment to do so anyway. You probably don’t know me, but when you’ve reached this … Continue reading

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Learning from the master – pt. 2

Something in line with the previous blogs on education and creativity… Again a plea for more craftsmanship in education. A lot of the quirks and impediments people have are a result of our current system of education and the modern … Continue reading

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A multifunctional house…

The Sugimoto house was made in the 18th century. But it looks like it could have been constructed yesterday. The open, modular space. The duality of functions in a room… In the west this idea would first be introduced by … Continue reading

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