Macica Workshop: Mandolins and More….

Greetings from The Macica Workshop!  Well, Spring is here, and in between work projects in the shop, we have been busy getting our gardens ready…..

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Taking care of our baby goats that were born last month…..

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and just enjoying the beauty of Spring!

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In the Workshop:

I am working on finishing up a mandolin commission as well as some new mandolins that I will be bringing to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in July.. (click on link for more information about the festival)

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Here, I am bending the ebony for the back of the head-stocks….

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Next, I clamp them in place.

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I will continue to work on the fingerboards and head-stocks…and post the progress next time.

Other Workshop Projects:

I have just finished up a commission with my son, Josiah to make a handmade “folk art” style chess set for a friend of ours.  While I worked on the chess board and box/drawers, Josiah hand-carved all the figures and did the finish work on them.  Here are some pictures of the process….

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Classes:  

I just finished up with the Mandolin Building Class that I was teaching through Northeast Woodworkers Association.  All the men in the class were a pleasure to work with and have done a fine job with building their instruments.  Here are some photos from the last few classes:

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Thanks for all your hard work and for your interest in learning the process of mandolin making.  Look forward to another class soon!

As a side note:  I have added pictures to the “classes” tab on our website….Feel free to take a look!  I think I have all the classes posted on there now.  http://macica.com/      Next one to be offered will be Dreadnought Guitar Building through Maplewood Center for Common Craft (Class is full).

Well, I think that is all the updates for now.  Enjoy your Spring/Summer!

Until next time,

Martin