Macica Workshop: New Classes for Fall 2015

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Introducing three Master Instrument Making classes being offered in Fall 2015….

Class #1:

  • Hand Crafted A-Style Mandolin with Martin Macica (October 17, 2015 – July 9, 2016 Biweekly)

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    In this workshop, participants will use hand tool methods to construct a beautiful A-style mandolin. Skills learned will be hand carving the back and face, shaping the neck with rasps, chisels, and the spoke shaves, and the all-round  precision skill that is required to create a quality instrument.

    Those who would take the class will need their own work space as throughout the weeks homework will be given to complete the project in time.

    Class Dates are: Oct.  17, 31, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan 9, 23, Feb. 6, 20, Mar 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30 May 14, 28June 11, 25, July 9

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    When: October 17 – 9
    Open Places: 7
    Fees: $1350

  • This A-style Mandolin class will take place at the beautiful, timber frame wood working facility at Maplewood Center for Common Craft in Greenwich, New York.  /


Class #2:  

Master Class with Martin Macica: Building a Hand Tooled Guitar

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October 13, 2015 to May 24, 2016 — 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Instructor: Martin MacicaMember:1800 | Non-Member:2000 | Materials Fee: 575Enrollment Max: 8

In this hands-on, 30 session, 120 hour course for making a guitar you will complete a Dreadnaught Martin style guitar from start to finish entirely using hand tools. This will not be a “kit made” guitar, but an instrument you will build from the bottom up, with personalized, detailed instruction. You will leave not only with a better understanding of what goes into making a stringed instrument, but also with a beautiful hand-crafted guitar that you have made. The guitar you will be making is based on the Martin D18 steel string guitar; known as a Dreadnought guitar. The back, neck and sides of this instrument will be made from Mahogany. The top will be made out of Spruce. The head stock will have a rose wood face and the fingerboard and bridge will be made out of ebony. We will use Waverly tuners for the hardware. Taught by master instrument maker Martin Macica, Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments with 35 years’ experience making fine violins, mandolins, cellos and guitars. All work will be done in class and all materials provided. Although beginners are welcome, wood working hand tool experience is an asset. Feel free to check out the creative process of instrument making on his website at NOTE: This class can be paid for by setting up a payment plan. Please call the registrar at (518) 273-0552 x231 for details. Registration for this class ends September 28th at 5pm in order to order materials needed. No class 12/29, 1/5, 3/29

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This class will take place at the woodworking workshop within the beautiful Capital Region Art Center in downtown Troy, New York. /

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Class #3:  D’Angelico Arch Top Guitar Class

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This will be a D’Angelico style Guitar Class. This class is offered through the Northeastern Woodworkers Association at the nice and spacious woodworking workshop in the Herman Finkbeiner Education Center located in Clifton Park, New York.

This class can accommodate 7 students.  You must be a member of the Northeastern Woodworking Association to attend this class. Classes will be 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 2 Mondays (2nd and 4th) a month from September to the end of May for a total of 18 sessions.  The schedule will be on the NWA calendar on their website shortly.  Tuition questions can be addressed to the NWA through their website.

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I included the websites within each class write-up, where you can register for your class of interest.  Look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call my shop phone at 518-695-3029.

Take Care,

Martin Macica


Macica Workshop-Back from Grey Fox 2015

Greetings!  We are now back from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and thought we would send you all some highlights from the week at the festival….

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Anybody remember the “Beverly Hillbillies”?  ..”the kin folk said, Jed, move away from here..they said California is the place you want to be, so they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly..” (that’s what this picture reminds me of…)

In our case…..”the kin folk said, Mart, you know it’s that time of year…they say, Grey Fox Festival is where you ought to go, so we loaded up our truck headin’ for the bluegrass show!”

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I heard it said that there was about 10 to 15,000 attenders this year…a “sold out” year for the  festival…

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We had a good amount of traffic in the booth this year throughout the weekend…  Thanks to all who stopped by for a visit and to try out the instruments.  We had some good jams as well as many repairs that kept me busy this festival.

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Thanks to Steve Kovacik, and Frank Marchitto for participating with me in the Luthier Workshop/Symposium on Saturday.  It is always nice to re-connect with both these men during this festival.

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This year, we opened the symposium with three excellent musicians playing a instrument from each of our shops….Thanks guys for a great introduction!

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Though the weather was fairly hot for the majority of the festival, the creek proves to be a nice place to cool off for both adults and children!

We enjoyed some great music this festival….Here are a few highlights….

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The Gibson Brothers….always enjoyable to see live..

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Michael Daves and friends…very energetic!

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (husband and wife)…both very skilled on the banjo and enjoyable to listen to..

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Many little groups of instrument classes for the “Kids Academy” at Grey Fox…Here is a banjo class we happened upon…

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Until next year Grey Fox…..Keep on pickin!

Other news from the workshop….

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Well, we finished up the six month violin course, and here is a great picture of the happy graduates…   I enjoyed working with this group of men very much and am so pleased with their accomplishments.

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They worked hard and progressed in their skill and knowledge of violin making as well as woodworking.

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It has been a pleasure to work with you all and hope to see you again in future classes…  I will be posting some more info about classes being offered this fall…stay tuned…

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May you all enjoy these summer months….

Until next time,





Macica Workshop-Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2015

Greetings from Macica Workshop!  I hope you are all enjoying your summer thus far…  It is now July, and it is Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival time once again!

Here are some pics from recent years….

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We are looking forward to another great festival this year…

I will have 3 A-style mandolins that I am finishing up presently…

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I am currently finishing up the violin course that I have been teaching with the Northeast Woodworkers Association….  They are finishing up nicely and I will include some final pictures in my next blog post….

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See you all at the Festival!

Take Care,





Macica Workshop-Back from the Irish Isle

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Greetings!  We have returned from our two week trip over to Ireland.  We were able to see so much while over there…

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Amazing, beautiful landscapes….

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Quaint little towns with colorful houses and storefronts…

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Historical sites and sculptures of important Irish figures…

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Good Food and Markets…..

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and of course….lots of fun Irish music!  I was able to sit in a “Trad” (what they call traditional Irish music) session almost every night…

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It was a “grand holiday” as the Irish would say…   The Irish people were so friendly and welcoming.  Until we meet again Ireland….

In the workshop, I am close to finishing up with the violin class that I am teaching at the Northeast Woodworkers Association…


The students are doing well and it was a treat to see the progress they have made on their violins…



All the men in the class show a lot of heart in what they are doing and I am glad to be working with them.

If you are interested in making a D’Angelico arch top guitar,  the N.W.A is  organizing a class for the fall.

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D'Angelico Arched Top Guitar

D’Angelico Arched Top Guitar

There is a informational meeting on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 pm.  This class is only open to members of the N.W.A, so you can look at the info on becoming a member at

Last evening, I was able to help teach the “Hardwood Spatula Workshop” at Maplewood Center for Common Craft.

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That is all for now,

Take Care,







Macica Workshop-Springtime

P1110015 (2) (Custom) Well, Spring is slowly showing itself here in upstate.  We are able to start some of our outside projects for the season.  My son, Ian and I began breaking up an old concrete foundation on top of our hill to ready the area for his training pen for his horse Adi and a new colt.

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P1110188 (2) (Custom) I am also doing my best to keep up with my students in the violin class. We spent last class focusing in on the purfling and roughing out the scroll.  I hope to soon have my scroll close to finished so that I can start fitting in the neck.

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Instruments in their present state….

P1110190 (2) (Custom) I will keep you posted on some of the upcoming classes I will be teaching in the fall when all the details are worked out….Stay tuned!

Take Care,