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

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from the Macica Workshop!

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A Joyous Holiday season to you all….

Merry Christmas from The Macica Workshop...

Things have been very busy in the workshop with Instrument Building Classes, Repairs and finishing up a couple commissions…(will blog on those next post…)

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I thought I would share some photo’s from the Guitar Building Class that I just finished up through Maplewood Center for Common Craft.

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Great job to all that took the class…and what seemed like good timing to be bringing home a handmade guitar for Christmas… Enjoy!

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Finished work and listening to the sound….

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A former student of mine enjoying the sound…..

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Looking forward to the next season of classes…. Grateful for the opportunity to teach what I love to do…

Until next time,

Martin

 

Macica Workshop: Guitars and Mandolins

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Greetings from the Workshop!  This fall season has begun another season of teaching instrument building classes…  Here is a look at some recent “in class” photos….

Guitar Building Intensive at Maplewood Center for Common Craft http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/

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Mandolin Building Class at Northeast Woodworkers Association http://www.woodworker.org/

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I count it a great joy to be able to teach the luthier craft to these students….  I recently visited with one of my former students from a previous Arch top Guitar Building Class.  His name is Dave Cox, and he stopped by the shop to show me his finished Arch Top Guitar.  Great job Dave! Here are some photos….

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Dave also has a hidden talent for riding a unicycle and brought it along to show my youngest son some of his unicycle skills….Thanks Dave!

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I continue to work on both a guitar and mandolin commission as well….I will blog photos of these soon!

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Time to winterize our gardens…..our donkey Annie helps us get ready for the winter months ahead….

Until next time,

Martin