Macica Workshop: March/April/May 2020

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Greetings from the Macica Workshop! I hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this time of quarantine.  It has been all about GUITARS in the workshop these past couple months. I have been working on 7 new guitars in shop and they are coming along nicely.

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We are Open for business… Feel free to just drop off instruments for repair at the door by appointment.  If you are interested in purchasing an instrument, we can arrange a payment through Pay Pal.

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Back to the guitars….I am making six D18 guitars and one 0018.  They all have Adirondack Spruce tops.  Price is very reasonable for these guitars…..For a limited time offer, I am selling these for $2,250.00 (C.F. Martin sells for $2, 499).

 New Shop Entrance:

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A work in progress… along with a new walkway and more parking area available for shop customers.  It is still a bit cold here in upstate New York, but we have hope that Spring is just around the corner.

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Guitar Building Class that I have been teaching has been put on hold until a later date….to be announced soon…

Daily updates posted on our shop Instagram @macicaworkshop

https://www.instagram.com/macicaworkshop/

Also..feel free to check out our family Instagram @buildingblockbarnworks

https://www.instagram.com/buildingblockbarnworks/

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Stay Healthy, Until next time,

Martin

Macica Workshop: February 2020

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February greetings from The Macica Workshop….

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I started out the month with breaking my leg…  I was stepping off some ice and fell on my ankle in the snow. I am able to get around pretty good with my special “crutchie” scooter and my “peg-leg” from my brother-in-law.  I am still able to work in my shop and I am grateful for that.

The finished Cello…

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Many of you have been following the process of this cello I have been making for a dear friend.  This cello is my own model and I am very pleased with the finished piece.  If you would like to follow the process of this instrument being made, feel free to refer to my Instagram (Macicaworkshop)  Here are some recent pics of the cello:

Guitar Building Class:

Here are some recent pics from the Guitar Building Class that I have been teaching through Maplewood Center for Common Craft.  It has been a great group to be working with and they are all doing well in the class.  I look forward to hearing the sound of these beautiful, hand-crafted instruments.

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Joe Val Bluegrass Festival 2020

Another great festival in Framingham, Mass.! I was unable to attend this year because of my leg, but my son and a few of our friends that enjoy playing bluegrass had a good time pickin at the festival! Balsam Range was a favorite this year!

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Winter Bluegrass session at our home/workshop…Cabin fever?

Coming in March…

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Our friend and Irish Folk Musician, Tim O’Shea from Killarney, Ireland will be visiting our area once again in the month of March. If you live locally, feel free to check out one of his concerts or workshops….

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with Paddy Timoney (Fiddle) and Andrew Coletti (Irish Dancer)

 March 18 Wed Travel & Rehearsals

March 19 Thu 1pm Saratoga Senior Centre     DUO    BOOKED

March 19 Thu 7pm Glen Falls Crandall Library TRIO BOOKED

March 20 Fri 12 5pm Queensbury Senior Centre  DUO   BOOKED

March 21 Sat 1pm Schylerille Drum Workshop   SOLO BOOKED

March 22 3pm Saratoga House Concert w Paudy DUO  BOOKED

March 23 5pm Mon Pittsfield MA Drum Workshop SOLO TBC

 

Let’s Build an Ukulele!

Big picture Looking forward to teaching this class in April.  If you are interested in building your own Uke, registration information is above. I hope to see you in class!

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Well, that’s it for February news from the Workshop.  I am going to do my best to be posting at least once per month.  Enjoy the end of this winter season with hopes for Spring!

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Until next time,

Martin

Macica Workshop: New Year 2020/Recap from Sept. to Dec. 2019

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2020 Greetings from The Macica Workshop!

I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season! As I entered the new year of 2020, I realized that it has been much too long since my last blog post (September 2019).  Be that as it may, I would like to catch you up with my workshop news from September through the new year….Here goes!

In September, I traveled once again to the Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival

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Thank you to all who came to my booth to visit! I enjoyed talking and playing some tunes with you!  A privilege to have Mike Marshall visit my booth and try out one of my mandolins.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B2tzLefn-h-/ (check out this short video).

 

Cello Commission:

I began work on a cello commission for a friend of mine in Manitou Springs, Co.  Here are a few photos and video of the instrument…Enjoy!

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I am now in the process of putting on the color/varnish for the cello.  I will be traveling to Colorado to deliver the instrument in February.  I will keep you posted on the progress…to be continued….

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In October, I attended the Capital Region Guitar Show:  http://saratogaguitar.com/guitarshow

Thank you to Matt McCabe (Owner of Saratoga Guitar Shop) for the booth space and opportunity to take part in the show.

 

New Guitar Building Class Begins!

http://www.maplewoodcraft.org/

 

The new guitar building class at Maplewood Center for Common Craft began in the beginning of October.  Here are some photos/videos of the new class…

 

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All the students in the class are doing well and it is exciting to see the guitars taking shape and form.  Looking forward to our next class!

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In November, I traveled down south over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I was able to meet up with a young Custom Furniture Builder and Windsor Chair Maker named, Blake Loree:   

https://www.instagram.com/blakeloreefinewoodworking/?hl=en

I enjoyed talking shop with Blake and seeing his workshop as well.

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In addition, I also met up with Custom Wood Carver, Kris Connors (also my brother-in-law):

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He was working on an owl carving during our visit…

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https://www.instagram.com/customsculpture/

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Moving right along…..we have now arrived to the last month of the year, December…

Adirondack Dulcimer Making Class:

IMG_1938 I will be teaching an Adirondack Dulcimer Making Class at the Adirondack Folk School this summer in the month of August.  Feel free to check out these classes and others they offer through their website,

https://www.adirondackfolkschool.org/

https://www.adirondackfolkschool.org/afs/index.php?m=CatPage&catid=20

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In between travels and shop work, I keep busy with my three sons with various projects….

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My son, Josiah finished his Octave Mandolin.  We have been enjoying making music with this new instrument.  It has a sweet, deep sound to it.

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Josiah also finished up a commission he had of a stable to house a nativity set for the Christmas holiday.

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Last, but not least, all three boys and I decided to attempt to make a homemade ice rink in our front yard this winter.  These photos are from our Christmas Day skate and family hockey game.

We enter 2020 with thankfulness for the rich life the Lord has blessed us with….

Thank you to all the Macica Workshop customers and friends over these many years….Thank you.  In this new year, I am hoping to post on the blog at least once per month…Stay tuned. (Feel free to take a look at our newly updated website..link above)

 

Until next time,

 

Martin

Greetings from The Macica Workshop!

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Thanks to all that came by our booth at Grey Fox this year! It sure was hot! It was great to visit with you all and play a little music with you too. Until next year….keep on pickin!

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Let’s Build a Guitar!

The new Maplewood Center for Common Craft Fall Guitar Course is officially posted and ready for student registration.

    • Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of guitar making, leading participants through the process of making their own guitar using hand tools.   This intensive course will cover every aspect of guitar making, including the important hand-cut dovetail neck joint.   Participants will leave with a working knowledge of guitar making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.Please use the registration button below if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on the following evenings:

      Tuesday evenings from (5:30-9:30)

      *22 classes

      *October 1st-March 4th

      Dates:

      Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

      Nov. 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

      Dec. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st

      Jan. 7th, 14th, 21st  and 28th

      Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

      Mar. 4th

      Make-up classes:  March 11th, 18th

      When: October 1-March 4
      Open Places: 5
      Fees: $1495
      Register now!

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Fresh Grass 2019 coming up! Hope to see you in North Adams, Mass. September 20-22nd.

I will have mandolins and guitars for sale for this festival coming up…Come by the booth for a visit and try them out.  See you then!

Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival   Check out this link for more information.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

Macica Workshop: Grey Fox 2019 Bluegrass Festival/Guitar Building for Fall

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It’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Time!

 

Look forward to seeing you all there!

July 18th-July 21st, Oak Hill, New York

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AMAZING STRINGS ATTACHED: GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN JULY

 

OAK HILL, N.Y. – Superstar phenom Billy Strings returns as Artist-in-Residence, joining 40+ award-winning bluegrass acts including the Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Tommy Emmanuel and many more at the 2019 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival from July 18-21.
Always a deep and wide mix of Grammy, IBMA, CMA, and AMA winners and nominees, Grey Fox presents the best of bluegrass and acoustic music. In its 35th year, Grey Fox is the largest and most-established bluegrass festival in the Northeast, featuring traditional, contemporary, and progressive bluegrass to old-time, Americana, jam grass, Celtic, and dance music.
The festival is a homecoming every summer for campers from more than 30 states and at least a dozen countries. Held on the Walsh Farm in the bucolic Catskill Mountains, the festival has six stages, with shaded performance venues and workshop stages, along with entertainment for children and families. In all, more than 175 performances are scheduled over the festival’s four days, from Thursday through Sunday (camping gates open early on Wednesday, July 17).
The lineup is always eclectic and on the cutting edge, a “Who’s Who of Bluegrass” that offers something for everyone. Bands this year also include the Earls of Leicester, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan), Tim O’Brien, Balsam Range, Steep Canyon Rangers, Molly Tuttle, the Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, and host band Dry Branch Fire Squad. The Larry Keel Experience and The Travelin’ McCourys will bring back “A Grateful Ball,” a collaboration of the music of The Grateful Dead.
Over the past few years, Billy Strings has made his mark on the Grey Fox faithful, with dynamic performances that have left audiences spellbound. The young guitarist has been turning the dyed-in-the-wool bluegrass world on its head. Rolling Stone magazine says that Strings sounds like “The head-banging speed of a thrash metal band channeled through flat-picked guitar and mandolin, with a touch of end-of-the-world psychedelia.” As Artist-in-Residence, Strings will be performing with his own band and with other bands from Thursday through Saturday.
In addition to the main stages, there are impressive Emerging Artist Showcases of young bands hailing from around the country, music and dance workshops, a much-loved Open-Mic Night, red-hot jam sessions around the campgrounds, ethnic and festive foods, unique vendors, Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids, (now in its 21st year) and a stage entirely devoted to children’s activities. Everyone from music fans to foodies, beginning pickers to serious players, singles to multi-generational families will find something to capture their imagination and heart.
GIVING BACK: “This year, our goal is to collect 1000 pounds of food!” Grey Fox will again a food drive to help feed needy families in the area. Grey Fox campers will be bringing non-perishable foods and pantry items with them to help fill up the Community Action of Greene County van that will be parked at the ticket gate all weekend. Also, as an incentive for local residents to help with the food drive and hear some great music, admission to Sunday’s show is free with a donation to local food banks.
Sunday will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a one-hour gospel show by host band, Dry Branch Fire Squad. The festival will close this year with a performance by 100+ students of the 21st Annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids who have been studying with some of the top instructors in the business all weekend. For many Grey Fox fans, the Sunday gospel show and the kids academy “graduation gig” are long standing highlights of the festival.
Donations of non-perishable pantry items or cash go to Community Action of Greene County who distributes food and supplies to area food banks. Grey Fox invites residents and visitors alike to enjoy Sunday’s musical performances and help feed needy local families. Acceptable pantry items are listed at https://cagcny.org/food-donations.
For tickets, information and a complete list of all the bands, visit the Grey Fox website at http://greyfoxbluegrass.com.

Hope to see you there!!

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Also:  Upcoming Guitar Building Course this Fall!

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Dates:  September-December 2019 (Tues/Thurs. or Mon./Wed.)

 

Where:  Maplewood Center for Common Craft

 

158 Windy Hill Rd

Greenwich, NY 12834‎

(518) 290-0322
contact@maplewoodcraft.com

 

Time:  5:30-9:30

 

*Contact me if interested or have any questions (518-695-3029) or mkmacica@msn.com

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Until next time,

Martin