Tag Archives: Traditional techniques

Joining guitar tops with fire

One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue. Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took … Continue reading

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The Theorbo – Making lute forms

A lage part of the construction process of a lute is making the mould or form on which it is made. There are multiple ways to construct these, all with their own pros and cons. Solid or skeleton We don’t … Continue reading

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Sanding – an historical approach…

It’s the task everybody loves to hate”. So much there are even online support groups for luthiers who go slightly mad with it… But rather than moaning about it, I would like to look a bit into the history of … Continue reading

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