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

Macica Workshop: February 2017 Update

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February greetings from the Macica Workshop!  It has been quite a while since my last post…it has been a busy season! First off, we finally got some winter snow to enjoy here in upstate New York….

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We had some great sledding days….

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Our youngest son has been enjoying taking “Fluffy” out and making a snow tunnel village for him to hop through…..

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and we enjoyed some good winter music too!

Guitars….

In the workshop, I recently finished up a guitar commission for a local friend….

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I love this guitar because I used all natural bindings…Mahogany and Black Walnut….

Woodworking….

My son and a friend have been helping me with a commission for twelve hand dovetailed Cello Boxes…

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They are now near completion and some beautiful workmanship has gone into these.  These cello boxes can make a nice gift and are a great way to store your cello…

Winter Vacation….

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We took a trip to Lancaster, PA and visited the train museum… We felt as though we went back in time to the days when trains were the main means for travel…It’s worth a visit if you are in the area…   http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/index.shtml

Mandolins, Mandolins, Mandolins….

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Along with teaching a Mandolin Building Class for the Northeast Woodworkers Association, I have been diligently working on a new batch of mandolins; one of them being a commission…  They are coming along nicely and I have recently finished up the binding process of the instruments…

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I’ll post some more pictures of the process next time….

Guitar Making Intensive – September 5 – December 19, 2017 (Tuesdays 5:30-9:00pm)

Guitar FinalDrawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of guitar making, leading participants through the process of making their own guitar using hand tools.   This intensive course will cover every aspect of guitar making, including the important hand-cut dovetail neck joint.   Participants will leave with a working knowledge of guitar making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

Please use the registration button below if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on Tuesday evenings (5:30-9pm) from September 5-December 18.   The cost for the workshop and materials will be $1375, including all materials.  Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

When: September 5 – 19
Open Places: 3
Fees: $1375

Maplewood Center for Common Craft has posted their new Spring classes….  I will be teaching another Guitar Making Intensive class this upcoming September.  Feel free to take a look at the many “Skill Classes” that are coming up on the Maplewood website: http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/classes/

Until Next time,

Martin