Author Archives: Marty

Macica Workshop: October News…

  Hello Everyone…..  The A-style mandolins are now finished…   I am pleased with the balance of beauty and sound.  The varnish is dark, yet transparent and they both produce a good, powerful sound with a balanced tone. We have begun the Guitar building class (D’Angelico style Arched Top Guitar)….We cover quite a bit of […]

Macica Workshop: Fresh Grass at Mass MoCA, North Adams, Mass.

Hello all! I have returned from Fresh Grass, and had a nice time meeting new faces, hearing good music and spending time with other luthiers. The luthier tent was very busy place with musicians of all abilities and ages…. Frank Solivan plays a tune on a Macica with another musician standing by…. The D’Angelico guitar […]

Macica Workshop: Connecticut Shore/Fresh Grass at Mass MoCA

Hello all! Remember the bike I restored for my wife from my last post?  Well… it fit right in at the ocean on the Connecticut shore this last week. We spent some time fishing…. Walking the ocean shores searching for sea shells… Catching big horseshoe crabs…..  and enjoyed spending time with family that lives in […]

Macica Workshop: Mandolins, Classes, Bicycles

 Hello everyone! Just finished this commission for a friend of mine, Zack Thomas.  Zack is a timber framer and has a real appreciation for wood and quality workmanship.  All of the Adirondack Spruce that I used for this mandolin and all recent instruments has been supplied by Zack.  The grain is beautiful… Zack wanted his […]

Macica Workshop: New Classes for Fall 2015

Introducing three Master Instrument Making classes being offered in Fall 2015…. Class #1: Hand Crafted A-Style Mandolin with Martin Macica (October 17, 2015 – July 9, 2016 Biweekly) In this workshop, participants will use hand tool methods to construct a beautiful A-style mandolin. Skills learned will be hand carving the back and face, shaping the […]