Tag Archives: Therapy

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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Where to go? – Some ideas and plans for the future

Over the course of my relatively short life I’ve had a lot of experience with rejection and dropping out. I’ve just never fitted in with the ‘normal’ system of living. I tried over and over again but it always ended … 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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A guitar making course in the Netherlands

Click here for the Dutch version After years of residing in Arnhem the courses of “Bouwerskontakt” (Builders-Contact) move to Houtwerk Ede. In September we will start a new series of guitar making courses. With the guidance of three very enthusiast and skillfull … Continue reading

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Een cursus gitaarbouw in Ede

(Click here for the English version) Na een jarenlang verblijf in Arnhem verhuizen de cursussen van Bouwerskontakt naar Houtwerk Ede. Vanaf september start een nieuwe gitaarbouwcursus. Onder begeleiding van zeer enthousiaste, vakkundige leraren (Francesco Leicher, Maarten Borstrok, Jan van Cappelle) … Continue reading

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A sign of life from the workshop…

It has been a while since I posted pictures of workshop projects. Last two weeks weren’t very good, felt anxious and tired (see the blogs “Stop running with the racing rats” and “Boredom at work” for more info on that). Some bad … Continue reading

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Stop running with the racing rats – A personal note…

This 1956 film was made as a means of recruitment to interest young boys for shop class. It tells how the experience of designing and making something has benefits for the rest of your life. Even if you choose to … Continue reading

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Boredom at work – How craftsmanship can be the key…

Last week I found these two educational films from the sixties. They deal about the dangers of boredom at work. Something I have first hand experience with. After lutherie school I started working, first at a home-depot shop, later at … Continue reading

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An original maker: Paul Elkins

This is just so inspiring… Based near Stanwood Washington, polymath Paul Elkins builds bicycles, pedalcars, tiny homes and shelters, boats, furniture. I am partial to the idea that it’s much more satisfying to make something yourself, rather than buying it; … Continue reading

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Meanwhile in the shop…

A soundboard, two pieces of spruce, fitted, glued and clamped together. Some rope, two little clips, a stick, wedge and natural glue. Left to rest overnight. Nothing fancy, just old techniques and handwork. This is where an instrument starts to get … Continue reading

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