Design It

The hard part now begins! After deciding the design to include in the rosette (here), it is now time to find a design that both preserves the original it makes reference to and is compatible with the techniques and design language of the rosette. Instead of trying to translate it...
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Creative Input

Since my early days in luthery school and later as an apprentice in guitarmaking shops, one of the dreaded events was ‘creative input’ from customers. To succesfully design a coherent instrument requires years of study, practice and refinement, so what a customer...
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Marquetry!

Different project, different design   Marquetry purflings   Not much yet to be seen, but recently i started a different that usual project and these are some of the marquetry parts that will go in it. It’s just a small part of a more complicated process, one...
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A good reason…

to be quiet on the website! Our second daughter, Flor, was born about a month ago; we’re delighted but overwhelmed. Time is scarce, sleep does not abound and work in the shop must go on!
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In depth vacuum techniques – Gluing

After presenting a few applications i use vacuum for HERE, specifically for holding parts, now it’s time to see some vacuum gluing applications. The basic setup is pretty simple: a bag of a suitable plastic material, in which you insert the parts to be glued or laminated,...
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Setup – Things that make good guitars

At the beginning of a luthier’s carreer one starts to obsess over how to make that special instrument and where the secrets are: is that bracing the best one, are thinner sides better or worse, will a heavy neck improve a guitar or a light one will? Many more of these...
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Every few months – still feels good!

Most of the time, when i finish a batch of instruments, usually four of them, i’m exhausted; even if my wife does not know at what stage i am in my work, she can guess correctly at this point. I get cranky, develop cold symptoms (from the higher than usual dust in the shop)...
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In depth vacuum techniques – Holding fixtures

At the Cordefactum lecture in late may 2014 I showed some vacuum techniques I use in my daily work; the most useful ones for me are clearly related to holding the workpieces i’m working on. Key advantages, compared to traditional clamping methods, are: - Speed - Ergonomy -...
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