Tag Archives: Restoration

The Opel Blitz

One of my personal quirks is that I am interested in almost everything. Especially when it has to do with history, technology, crafts, science or arts. And even better; a combination of these. It sometimes brings me to the most … 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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A week in the drawing room…

Work in the shop has come to a temporary halt. The reason is that our landlord has chosen to renovate the bathroom at home. So someone has to stay at home while they work. But this doesn’t mean I sit … 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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A Dutch archtop from the 1940’s…

Every now and then someone walks in with a special project. This is certainly one of those. A little piece of Dutch guitar making heritage… When it came to me it was a mess: a loose neck, large gap between … Continue reading

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Two vintage beauties…

Just finished work on these lovely archtops. An early Hofner Senator thinline (ca.1960) and the Vox Humana “Euterpe” from the late 1940’s… More about the restoration of the Vox Humana later…

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Restoring a vintage bus

As a woodworker I often get requests to repair or restore other things than guitars. Usually it’s furniture, and it depends on the piece (size, sometimes history, but also what needs to be repaired/restored) whether I take on the job. … Continue reading

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Steam powered vehicles

By this term you will immediately get visions of old trains, pulled by massive steam engines. The Hogwarts Express might come to mind… Or the stationary machines that were the driving force behind the industrial revolution. But what’s often forgotten is … Continue reading

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A unique find at Texel

Some great news was announced today: Last year a group of underwater archaeologists discovered a complete 17th century wardrobe. It was found in the wreck of a three-masted ship which sunk  near the island of Texel, in the north of … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool

This company salvages old tools and resells them at affordable prices to local craftsmen. A great way to give a new life to old tools. I would just love to wander and wonder around in that shop… Take a look … Continue reading

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