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The Holy Grail

One of my lutherie teachers always said that instrument makers are always in search of the Holy Grail… Well, last week I found one while making a theorbo… Advertisements

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Roy Underhill TED-Talk: “Have Broad Axe, Will Travel”

One of the more active TED-Talks: I’m not a huge fan of Roy Underhill’s videos, they are usually a bit over-acted (although one could regard that a sort of cult-style like Bob Ross). But in this TED-Talk he makes a … Continue reading

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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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I shall not build an historic printing press…

Repeat after me: “I shall not build an historic printing press…” I use this mantra to keep myself from diving into another crazy project. Most readers of this blog know that the history of printing and its practice is something that … Continue reading

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Music of the streets

Sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and enjoy some great music. Some people asked to share the music I like most. To be honest that’s very hard, because I love a great variety of styles, from rock to baroque and … 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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Learning from the master…

There are a couple of ways to learn. One manner is to learn by watching. Like this movie about the way Montreal based luthier Michael Greenfield makes his guitars. It’s a nice insight in contemporary guitar making, using present-day methods … Continue reading

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Children making an organ

There is no better way to learn about something than with a hands-on approach. Especially when it’s about how a machine works. Taking something apart and/or putting it together yourself gives more insight than looking at pictures. So to learn … Continue reading

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Apprenticeship in Early Modern London…

A wonderful lecture on apprenticeship in early modern London. Recent studies have shown that learning a craft was far less stringent than we thought. Apprentices often swiched between different masters.

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Teenager builds the worlds largest piano.

This is definitely a cool project. In a quest for his ultimate sound, Adrian Mann from New Zealand made his own piano. Quite a tour de force for any maker, but what makes it even more impressive is that Adrian … Continue reading

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