Blog #8: Gallery Images

Blog #8:  Hello all!  Just a short blog to let you know we have added more images to our website under Gallery and Workshop-Mandolins..  Feel free to check them out!

Many of the new photos added are of the quartet I was commissioned to make from a customer and friend in Hartford, Connecticut.  Also, if you have not checked out the store part of the website, there are new photos there as well.  I will write again soon!

Marty

 

Blog #7: Finish Repairs/Truss Rod

Blog #7: Finish Repairs/Truss Rod

Hey all!  Still doing the finish work on those mandolin repairs.. like I said, working with finish takes time.  I am also making the truss rod for the neck of the Macica mandolin…its a greasy job, but someones got to do it..   I do feel that when I have my hand on every aspect of the process, that perhaps that is the secret to a great sounding instrument.

Rain, rain, rain here…but my field and gardens are loving it!  We added some of the instruments that we have in the showroom under the “store” tab…feel free to check them out!  Untill next time,

Marty

finish work

finish work

making truss rod

making truss rod

 

 

Blog #6: Binding and Marker Dots

Blog #6:  Hello all!  A beautiful Spring day here in upstate!  The trees in our back orchard are in bloom-a beautiful sight!  Today I am working on the fingerboard (9″ radius down to 12″ on the end).  I’m also still finishing up on the steer horn binding-seems to be the most time-consuming part, but it is worth it!  I have also been working on the marker dots and installing them into the fingerboard. This mandolin is all made entirely in my shop, not relying on any pre-made supplies minus the Waverly tuners, Allen tailpiece and Stew Mac frets.  I am still working on the finish-work on a couple repairs..here a little..there a little.  They are coming along nicely!

Until next time,

Marty

 

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Blog #5: Varnish Repairs/Mandolin Neck

Blog #5:  Rainy here in upstate New York!  We actually have had a little flooding down by the Hudson River… had to close down Route 29 last week.  Well, doing a little varnish repair on both a 2001 and 2004 Macica Mandolin.  It is nice to see customers caring for the upkeep of their instruments from any dings or scratches.  Varnish repair can take a long time, for I apply a little everyday until I get the look I am happy with.  I also continue to work on the neck of the Mandolin I am in process of building.

Until next time,  Marty

 

 

Blog #4: New Sign

Blog #4:  Greetings all!  Sorry I haven’t sent a blog out in a week or more..  Lots going on over the week of Easter, but am now back to normal work schedule and will try to keep up with the Blogging.  The neck is now in on the steer horn Mandy I have been working on.  It is coming together well!   Next, I need to finish up on a few of the loose ends with the binding and inlay and then onto the fingerboard.  I’ve had a lot of repairs in the shop in the last two weeks..everything from fixing cracks, finish repair and cutting bridges.

I also have put some finishing touches onto the front of the shop driveway thanks to a friend of mine that is a sign maker.  Looks great!  Please feel free to subscribe to my Blog (on the top, right hand side of my website) and follow the progress of the Macica Mandolin I am presently working on, or just to see whats going on in shop.

We have added a tab to the top of our website called “Store” and will soon be listing instruments on there that are “for sale” in our showroom area of the shop.  Stay tuned for this new addition!

Take Care, Marty

Neck is in

Neck is in

rasping neck

rasping neck

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