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What is a Theorbo, Really?

I get a lot of questions about theorbos lately. They range from “is that a real instrument” to “what’s the best season to harvest sheep guts”, and all varieties in between. So I was relieved to find a short YouTube … Continue reading

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The Mechanical Joke Maker…

This is absolutely genius; The combination of visual humor and mechanics is beautiful. No real idea other than making people wonder and bringing a smile to their face… Sometimes it can be a powerful antidote to the sadness and cruelty … Continue reading

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De Stradivarius lezing online!

Tijdens de afgelopen Gitaarbouwersmeeting in Kootwijkerbroek zijn de lezingen gefilmd. Zo ook mijn stukje over de Stradivarius gitaren! Ik geef deze lezing met enige regelmaat, maar het is nooit twee keer hetzelfde. Voordeel van uit je hoofd werken is dat … Continue reading

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The sound of an original 17th century guitar…

There is something magic in hearing an original baroque guitar or lute being played. Especially because most of them aren’t playable anymore, but resting in collections. Last week this short video was placed online… Taro Takeuchi is one of the … Continue reading

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Minstrels: the Lute & the Fury

It can be pretty rough to be a part of the early music and re-enactment crowd… Just like any subculture there is a very distinct set of rules and conventions. Men discussing sewing patterns and fabrics, woman drinking mead, people … Continue reading

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Educating the heart and mind

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Brook Guitars

A documentary about Brook Guitars, a company founded by the legendary Andy Manson. One of the things I really like is that they choose to use local woods for their instruments. Also their notion about making guitars for a living … Continue reading

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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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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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Inside the Larrivee workshop

A 1983 documentary about the Larrivee workshops. A lot of great luthiers started their careers here. The video gives great insight in their working methods. Especially the often very creative solutions used in a pre-cnc workshop.

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