Macica Workshop: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2017/Geoffrey Ovington

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Yep, You guessed it! It’s that time again…..Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival  begins this week.  I will be at my booth beginning Wednesday, July 12th through Sunday, July 16th.  I look forward to visiting with all of you that come to the festival and perhaps we can even play a few tunes together as well.  I will have several instruments with me that are for sale as well as  a few “works in progress”.  Plus, I will have some more information about upcoming Instrument Building Classes.

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I will once again be participating in a Luthier’s Forum/Workshop with some other local Instrument Builders on Saturday morning…..Look forward to seeing you there!

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Other news:

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I wanted to say a few words about a mentor of mine, Geoffrey Ovington whom recently passed away. Geoffrey is one of the most accomplished violin makers that I have had the privilege of knowing.  Each one of his instruments was handmade with much skill and beauty.  Geoffrey took me in as a Boces student when I was 18 years old. I worked with him for two years while I was in school and one year more after I graduated.  He taught me the skill of violin making with a very high standard.  He also helped to place me in New York City, where I worked as an apprentice on 57th street for four years.  In all my years of instrument building, he has been a great teacher and fellow violin maker.  I love the man and will miss him greatly.  

In the Workshop:

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I have been working with an inlay artist, Tracy Gryger (TNT Designs LLC) in experimenting with some new inlay for the mandolins I am presently working on.  I have been very happy with these new designs and think they will add greatly to the overall beauty of these new instruments…. Thank you Tracy!

Until next time,

See you at Grey Fox this week!

Martin