Macica Workshop: Classes, Mandolins, WoodWorking Show

Greetings from the Workshop!  I am thankful for the change of seasons…Spring is on its way here in upstate New York.  As you know, I am continuing to teach the Violin Making Class for the Northeast Woodworkers Association…

P1100909 (2) (Custom)

Right now we are in the process of graduating and contouring the outside of the top and back.  We turn the lights off and just use one lamp.  We do this so it can cast a shadow over the top and back plates, so that we can see where we need to take wood away.

The tools we use are first, the gouge to rough carve the plates….

P1100892 (2) (Custom)

We then use the thumb plane to do the fine shaping…

P1100920 (2) (Custom)

Lastly, we use the scraper to make sure all is smooth…

P1100900 (2) (Custom)

After the outside contour is done, we are ready to flip the plates and use the same process for the inside of the back and top.

P1100921 (2) (Custom)

Along with making my own violin with the class, I am continuing to finish this new batch of A-style Mandolins.  This week, I put the inlay on the head stock…

P1100937 (2) (Custom)

The logo of the tree that I put on the head stock of all my instruments is based on the scripture in Mathew about the mustard seed.

I also wanted to mention about the upcoming WoodWorking Show in Saratoga Springs on March 28th and 29th. http://www.nwawoodworkingshow.org/

We will have a display of some of the students work from the violin class I am teaching with the NWA.

I also will be doing some dovetail demonstrations at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft booth… http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/

Check out the demonstrations that they will be offering at this years show:

Saratoga Woodworking Showcase – March 28 & 29, 2015
We will be back at the NWA Woodworkers Showcase this year on March 28 and 29, 2015 at the City Center in Saratoga Springs.   This year, in addition to our booth, we have been invited to be one of the featured demonstrators at the showcase.  We will also be raffling off a beautifully restored antique Stanley #4 Smoothing Plane at our booth.

Maplewood Featured Demonstrations – NWA Showcase 2015
  • Sat. 12:00-1:15pm – Handcut Mortise and Tenon Joints Made Simple
  • Sat.  3:30-4:45pm – Making a Shooting Board
  • Sun.  10:30-11:45am – Making a Shooting Board
  • Sun. 2:00-3:15pm – Handcut Mortise and Tenon Joints Made Simple

Well, that’s all for now,

Until next time,

Martin

Macica Workshop-February news

Greetings from Macica Workshop!  Yes, its still winter here in upstate…  in fact the children are getting quite creative with the snow!

I continue to work on the A-style Mandolins.  I now have all the necks in and am now working on the binding.  I like using a purfling knife to cut the step groove for the binding.  I find it makes for a nicer crisp line.

I then cut out the excess, using a knife router I made.  I really like how it works.  After everything is cleaned out, its time for the binding…

I am also enjoying making a violin along with the class that I have been teaching. Here, I am establishing the edge thickness so that we can all begin to contour and shape the back and top.

Sometimes, I have students that may of needed to miss a class or just would like some extra one-on-one help.  I have encouraged them to stop by the shop and work with me if they need to.

Here, Fred is cutting his corners for the sides of his violin.

Here, Mike is flattening the outline of the sides of his violin.

One of the reasons this class can work well, is that there is one day of intensive class instruction and then the students have two weeks to work on it before the next class.  Homework is key.  Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Until next time,

Martin

 

Macica Workshop-Wintertime in New York

Greetings from Macica Workshop in snowy New York!  These last couple snow storms have presented a blanket of white fun for our three boys and friends….

Winter is definitely here!  In the workshop, I have been working diligently on the three A-style mandolins that I hope to have finished before Spring.  I finished some fine tuning to the tone bars and glued the tops on.  I then cut the over hanging edge flush with the sides. I use a spoke shave at first….

Next, I smooth it using a file or scraper….

I then cut out the space for the heel…

When that is finished, the mandolin is ready to fit the neck.  This process needs to be exact making sure the angle is right.  The neck needs to be straight and break out over the top at the right height.

All of these aspects have to come together at the same time in the process.  I can then glue the neck in.

While the mandolin necks are gluing, I look out the window at the winter snow falling…  and think…. “its time to shovel again!”

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

Macica Workshop-Wintertime in New York

Greetings from Macica Workshop in snowy New York!  These last couple snow storms have presented a blanket of white fun for our three boys and friends….

Winter is definitely here!  In the workshop, I have been working diligently on the three A-style mandolins that I hope to have finished before Spring.  I finished some fine tuning to the tone bars and glued the tops on.  I then cut the over hanging edge flush with the sides. I use a spoke shave at first….

Next, I smooth it perfectly using a file or scraper….

I then cut out the space for the heel…

When that is finished, the mandolin is ready to fit the neck.  This process needs to be exact making sure the angle is right.  The neck needs to be straight and break out over the top at the right height.

All of these aspects have to come together at the same time in the process.  I can then glue the neck in.

While the mandolin necks are gluing, I look out the window at the winter snow falling…  and think…. “its time to shovel again!”

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

Violin Class #2-Macica Workshop

Hello everyone! Winter is in full swing here in upstate New York….

The ponds are frozen over making a nice skating rink for our children…..ice fishing too!

In the workshop, I just finished up class #2 of the Violin Making course with the Northeastern Woodworkers Association.

Last weeks homework was to carve the corner blocks and to sharpen all tools.  That accomplished, we began this class with gluing the sides to the corner blocks.

The mold serves as an outline for the violin.  We spent time learning how to scrape the sides down to the right thickness.

Next, we learned how to bend the sides to fit the mold…

Its good to see the students smiling and enjoying themselves!

All of them seem very intent on learning.

It seems that all the students are enjoying using their hand tools.  I think they are finding it quite rewarding and efficient to work with hand tools when they are truly sharp and adjusted correctly.

I think using the Hyde glue is a big hit also!

Nice work guys!  I will soon be giving you the updates on the three mandolins that are coming along….

Until then…..Stay warm.

Martin