Blog #23:Mandy finished

Blog #23:

Hello! Well, since I last blogged, the mandolin commission that I have been working on was completed and the customer is now enjoying his new Macica Mandolin.  It feels good to do a thorough job and feel confident that it is truly a beautiful instrument..sound wise and artistically.

I only have one pic to show on this blog, but I will be posting more from my other camera in the next couple of days.  I will add them to the gallery on my website and post a couple on Mandolin Cafe.

Otherwise, in workshop I am checking my Adirondack Spruce to see if it is dry and stable enough to start using.

I’ll write again soon,

Marty

 

A happy customer

A happy customer

Blog #22; Finish Work

Blog #22: Finish Work

Greetings from the Workshop! It has been a while since I last blogged…this technical stuff doesn’t come too easy for me??  I had written this days ago, yet am just getting to  putting it up now..my apologies.  I am coming to a close with finishing up the current mandolin commission I am working on. I have now begun to put on hardware and the last tweeking to be done.  The bridge has been finished up.  I am including some pics of the drilling, filing and buffing.  I like to do things by hand because the contour of the tool defines the contour of the bridge.  Much of the ebony I use is very old and stable.  I am also making the nut out of a piece of abalone shell.  I will add some pics of this as well.

FYI…  You are now able to make comments about my blogs through the “Mandy Blog” on my website…would love to hear from you all that read these blogs.

Until next time,

Martin

drilling for adjusters

drilling for adjusters

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Blog #21: Macica Cello/Arm Rest

Blog #21: Macica Cello/Arm Rest

Hello all interested in this blog….   Today I had a customer in for a good going over of a cello I had made for him 2005.  The cello is doing very well! It is nice to see instruments that I have made in the past and see how they do just get better with age.  This cello was my own model with the dimensions of Goffriller of Venice.

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Blog #19: Cutting a Bridge

Blog #19:  Cutting a Bridge

Hello!

Well, we faired through the hurricane well.  This was the first time I ever experienced one.  Today is bridge day.

I like to make them from scratch using a knife and a little saw.  I also am continuing to rub out the mandolin between the coats of oil varnish I am putting on.  Today, I will be cutting a violin bridge for a customer as well.

I thought it would be nice to show some of the steps I go through for this..I will send these pics later today!

Until next time,

Martin