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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Blog #3: Headstock

Mandy Blog #3:  Well, it looks like Spring is here to stay..  I am enjoying opening the windows and letting that Spring breeze in the workshop.  I continue to put the steer horn binding on the commissioned mandolin I am working on.  I have also moved on to working on the head stock as well.  The steer horn is very pliable after you soak it in boiling water.  The more I use it, the more I like it.  I enjoy working on the head stock and doing the inlay.  I use mother of pearl for the Macica inscription and Abalone for the tree.  I will send along some photos to show the process as I work!  Enjoy.  Marty

 

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Shopwork

Hello! Still a bit rainy here in upstate New York…  In shop today I’ve been working on doing some re-touch on a 2004 Macica Mandolin.  I enjoy keeping in touch with former customers that have bought instruments from me.  I am also at work on a current mandolin commission..  Today I was cutting the steer horn for the binding.  I find the steer horn makes for a great look and durable too!  I also had a young man in shop today that I have been working with for a couple of years..  He is making a D’Angelico Jazz guitar.. and doing a fine job!    Until next time…   Marty

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Storefront Open for Business!

Storefront Open for Business!!

The Macica Workshop ready and open.  Here are some new pictures of the finished shop.  It is a delight to work in and still be close to my family.  I will try to send out a blog every couple of days to let you know what I am working on.  Today I am working on cutting a cello bridge for a repair and on a mandolin commission.  I am now putting on the binding…using the steerhorn..looks great!

Rainy here in upstate New York….   though its what we expect in April.   I’m still considering what festival I will be at this summer…  I think I am leaning toward going to Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hartford, Conneticut.. (August 4-7)(if they have the space??)  I’ll write again soon!

Marty

 

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