Macica Workshop: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2017/Geoffrey Ovington

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Yep, You guessed it! It’s that time again…..Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival  begins this week.  I will be at my booth beginning Wednesday, July 12th through Sunday, July 16th.  I look forward to visiting with all of you that come to the festival and perhaps we can even play a few tunes together as well.  I will have several instruments with me that are for sale as well as  a few “works in progress”.  Plus, I will have some more information about upcoming Instrument Building Classes.

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I will once again be participating in a Luthier’s Forum/Workshop with some other local Instrument Builders on Saturday morning…..Look forward to seeing you there!

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Other news:

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I wanted to say a few words about a mentor of mine, Geoffrey Ovington whom recently passed away. Geoffrey is one of the most accomplished violin makers that I have had the privilege of knowing.  Each one of his instruments was handmade with much skill and beauty.  Geoffrey took me in as a Boces student when I was 18 years old. I worked with him for two years while I was in school and one year more after I graduated.  He taught me the skill of violin making with a very high standard.  He also helped to place me in New York City, where I worked as an apprentice on 57th street for four years.  In all my years of instrument building, he has been a great teacher and fellow violin maker.  I love the man and will miss him greatly.  

In the Workshop:

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I have been working with an inlay artist, Tracy Gryger (TNT Designs LLC) in experimenting with some new inlay for the mandolins I am presently working on.  I have been very happy with these new designs and think they will add greatly to the overall beauty of these new instruments…. Thank you Tracy!

Until next time,

See you at Grey Fox this week!

Martin

 

 

 

 

Macica Workshop: Mandolins and More….

Greetings from The Macica Workshop!  Well, Spring is here, and in between work projects in the shop, we have been busy getting our gardens ready…..

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Taking care of our baby goats that were born last month…..

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and just enjoying the beauty of Spring!

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In the Workshop:

I am working on finishing up a mandolin commission as well as some new mandolins that I will be bringing to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in July.. (click on link for more information about the festival)

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Here, I am bending the ebony for the back of the head-stocks….

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Next, I clamp them in place.

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I will continue to work on the fingerboards and head-stocks…and post the progress next time.

Other Workshop Projects:

I have just finished up a commission with my son, Josiah to make a handmade “folk art” style chess set for a friend of ours.  While I worked on the chess board and box/drawers, Josiah hand-carved all the figures and did the finish work on them.  Here are some pictures of the process….

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Classes:  

I just finished up with the Mandolin Building Class that I was teaching through Northeast Woodworkers Association.  All the men in the class were a pleasure to work with and have done a fine job with building their instruments.  Here are some photos from the last few classes:

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Thanks for all your hard work and for your interest in learning the process of mandolin making.  Look forward to another class soon!

As a side note:  I have added pictures to the “classes” tab on our website….Feel free to take a look!  I think I have all the classes posted on there now.  http://macica.com/      Next one to be offered will be Dreadnought Guitar Building through Maplewood Center for Common Craft (Class is full).

Well, I think that is all the updates for now.  Enjoy your Spring/Summer!

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

 

 

Macica Workshop: Open House at Maplewood Center for Common Craft

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Please join us for the Open House at Maplewood Center for Common Craft

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00-Noon

located at 158 Windy Hill Rd. Greenwich, NY 12834‎

“We will be having our 5th annual Open House this weekend.  Take a tour of our main wood shop and timber frame workshop.  Hand tool demonstrations will include carving, dovetail joints, and even guitar making.  This is the perfect opportunity to meet our instructors and learn more about upcoming programs. No cost to attend, but please register” at http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/open-house-april-22-2017-10am-noon/

Hope to see you there!

Martin

 

Macica Workshop: 2017 Woodworkers Showcase

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Thanks to all who came to visit us at last weekends showcase!  There were many great demos and presentations to see and learn from, as well as various booths and exhibitions to enjoy!  We had a great turn out this year and enjoyed meeting those that came by for a visit…

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I will be offering some new instrument building classes this coming fall…you may find out more information at the websites below.

Until next time,

Martin

http://macica.com/

http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/

 

Macica Workshop-2017 Northeastern Woodworkers Association Showcase

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Looking forward to the 2017 Northeastern Woodworkers Showcase this weekend (April 1 & 2)…   http://www.nwawoodworkingshow.org/information.htm

Some of my former students will be entering some of the instruments they have made in the show.  There will be quite an array of fine craftsmanship on display this year…looking forward to it!

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I will be spending much of my time at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft Booth…

http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/2017-saratoga-woodworking-showcase

http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/  Hope to see you there!

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I will be giving a presentation on “Edge Joining Made Simple” at 3:30 on Saturday in the Travers Room.  There is a nice line-up of demonstrators….

Free Lectures
Saturday All Lectures are 1 Hour and 15 Minutes Long Location
10:30 AM
Tiny Boxes – Doug Stowe Travers
Veneering Using Hide Glue – Terry Dote Alabama
Guitar Building – Bill Sterling Whitney
Using Story Sticks, Templates, Etc in Executing Build Plan – Wally Carpenter Highrock
12:00 PM
Introductory Scroll Saw Techniques – Barbara Knottke Travers
Advanced Handplane Techniques – Bob Van Dyke Alabama
The State of Stringed Instrument Building – Eric Marczak Whitney
Alaskan Chainsaw Mills – John Grossbohlin Highrock
2:00 PM
Making Classic Toys That Teach – Doug Stowe Travers
Simple Approach to Complex Banding & Its Uses – Freddy Roman Alabama
Hand Applied Finishes – John Hodgson Whitney
Great Wheels and Their Uses (Part 1) – Ernie & Susan Conover Highrock
3:30 PM
Edge Joiniing Made Simple – Martin Macica Travers
Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan – Bob Van Dyke Alabama
How to Rub Your Finish to Perfect Sheen & Feel – Mike Mascelli Whitney
Great Wheels and Their Uses (Part 2) – Ernie & Susan Conover Highrock
Sunday All Lectures are 1 Hour and 15 Minutes Long Location
10:30 AM
Hand Tools for Finish Carpentry – Jacob Fruchter Travers
Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan – Bob Van Dyke Alabama
Hand Applied Finishes – John Hodgson Whitney
Alaskan Chainsaw Mills – John Grossbohlin Highrock
12:00 PM
Making Classic Toys That Teach – Doug Stowe Travers
Veneering Using Hide Glue – Terry Dote Alabama
How to Rub Your Finish to Perfect Sheen & Feel – Mike Mascelli Whitney
Sharpening & Using Card Scrapers – Logan Simms Highrock
2:00 PM
Tiny Boxes – Doug Stowe Travers
Advanced Handplane Techniques – Bob Van Dyke Alabama
The State of Stringed Instrument Building – Eric Marczak Whitney
Great Wheels and Their Uses (Part 1) – Ernie & Susan Conover Highrock
3:30 PM
Introductory Scroll Saw Techniques – Barbara Knottke Travers
Simple Approach to Complex Banding & Its Uses – Freddy Roman Alabama
Guitar Building – Bill Sterling Whitney
Great Wheels and Their Uses (Part 2) – Ernie & Susan Conover Highrock

 

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Until next time,

Martin