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):

 https://customwoodcarvings.com/  

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.

IMG_2242IMG_2241IMG_2240IMG_1602My son, Ian just purchased his first forge.  He will use it for shoes for the horses he works on as well as various crafts he is wanting to create.  He recently finished this stand (photo above) for his anvil which in turn included both welding and woodworking skills to make.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macica Workshop: New Summer/Fall Guitar Course: Revised dates and time

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Greetings from The Macica Workshop!

We have decided to change the dates and times for the upcoming guitar course.  We have several people interested, but they were unable to take the course during the day work hours…therefore, here are the new dates and times:

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.

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*Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

 

Dates:

July:

M 29th     W 31st

 

August:

M 5th     W 7th

M 12th    W 14th

M 19th    W 21st

M 26th    W 28th

 

September:

M 2nd      W 4th

M 9th      W 11th

M 16th     W 18th

M 23rd     W 25th

M 30th     W Oct. 2nd

 

October:

M 7th       W 9th

Make-up  W 16th

 

*22 classes

 

When: July 29 – October 9

 

Where:  Maplewood Center for Common Craft

158 Windy Hill Rd
Greenwich, NY 12834‎

 

Open Places: 6
Fees: $1495

 

*Registration due by July 10.  You can register through The Maplewood Center for Common Craft Website.

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Look forward to seeing you in class!  If you have any questions, please feel free contact me:

Shop phone: 518-695-3029

Email:  mkmacica@msn.com

Take Care,

Martin

 

Macica Workshop: Guitar Building Intensive Class Summer 2019

New Guitar Building Course to be offered Summer 2019..

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Greetings from The Macica Workshop!

This post is to let you know I will be teaching a Dreadnought D18 Guitar Building Intensive Course beginning in July…. Here is the information about the class:

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 3-week 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.

What:  Guitar Making Intensive (3-week course)

When:  Monday-Friday starting July 29th

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Maplewood Center for Common Craft

158 Windy Hill Rd
Greenwich, NY 12834‎
(518) 290-0322

Dates:

July 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2

Aug. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Aug. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

(Make-up classes Aug. 19, 20)

Cost:  $1, 495.00

*You may register for the class through the Maplewood Center website above.

*Registration due by July 10th.

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Hope to see many of you in class!

Let me know if you have any questions:

mkmacica@msn.com

518-695-3029 (shop phone)

518-538-4278 (cell phone)

Martin Macica