Greetings from the Macica Workshop!
Just a reminder to check out my Instagram Page at https://www.instagram.com/ (#macicaworkshop)
Irish Music Session: The first Tuesday of each month at “The Inn” in Saratoga Springs at 8:00 p.m.
http://www.theinnatsaratoga.com/livemusic/ We checked out this Irish Session this week in Saratoga. It’s a great authentic session with great music and friendly people. The American Irish duo, Oona and James from “Drank the Gold” are there each Tuesday.. you can check out their website and music dates at https://www.drankthegold.com/
also…we met Irish musician, Padraig Timoney (from Dublin, but lives in Malta) there as well… https://www.facebook.com/ptimoneymusic
Tim O’Shea (http://www.timosheaandfriends.com/) from County Kerry will be in Saratoga Springs once again this March… He will be at The Inn at Saratoga on March 24th at 7:00 pm with Padraig Timoney (above). Hope to see you there!
Arch Top Guitar Building Class: Looking to get at least 5 or 6 students signed up for the Arch Top Guitar Class being offered through the Northeast Woodworkers Association this March… If interested in taking the course, refer to the website at http://www.woodworker.org/
Mosaic Art Show: Canal Crossing Mosaic Studio:
My wife, Kim is part of a small group of mosaic artists that work and teach at Canal Crossing Mosaic Studio in Schuylerville, New York. http://www.canalcrossingmosaic.com/ They have a small mosaic art show on display at the Saratoga Arts Center http://saratoga-arts.org/ for the month of February. The arts center gallery is open from 9-5 M-F and 11-5 on Saturdays.
*All mosaics are for sale…so if you are looking for a nice Valentines Day/Birthday/Anniversary gift for a loved one…mosaics can make great gifts!
That’s all the news for now!
Until next time,
Merry Christmas to you all from The Macica Workshop…
It has been quite a long time since my last post…I have not closed shop, but have been rather busy and have taken a little break from blog posting. I will do my best to give you a brief overview of what has been going on in shop this fall/winter…
Here are some photos of the Macica violin I finished up in the beginning of the fall season..My friend Justus Waldron (photographer) took these photos of the violin for some advertising I was doing. Great Job Justus! https://www.instagram.com/thejustache/?hl=en https://thejust.us/
Making violins always brings me back to my roots… I both enjoy making and playing the violin.
New Commission: Viola da Gamba
I am finishing up a Viola da Gamba that I have been working on since the fall….I will post more photos of this on my next blog.
A Viola da Gamba is a bass member of the viol family having a range approximating the cello. I like working on viols, because they are like making half violin and half guitar. They are tuned typically in fourths and have 6 to 7 strings.
I have been having a instrument making class with my sons two nights a week this fall/winter. Ian, my oldest (18) is making a Martin-style D18 Dreadnought Guitar. My middle son, Josiah (16) is making an octave mandolin. My youngest son, Ezra (13) is working on his carving skills with some fun caricature carvings. It is a blessing to be able to pass on the gifts and talents I have been given unto my sons… “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7
Upcoming Classes: To be announced
I will keep you all posted when I have upcoming classes scheduled.
Repairs, Repairs, Repairs:
I am often working on repairs in the shop on all kinds of instruments… bow re-hairs, bridge work, frets, sound post adjustments, cracks and varnish touch-ups ect…. Please keep me in mind for any repairs your instruments may have need of…
I have been enjoying the beautiful Adirondack mountains in our back yard this year… Some beautiful and challenging hiking trails to partake of! Hope you too are enjoying the outdoors and the season!
Until next time,
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2018 is here again…. July 19th-July 22nd!
Just a quick post to let you know I will be at Grey Fox Festival next week with my instruments…Look forward to seeing you all again! I will have my repair bench with me as well for any instruments that may need some repair or bows that may need a re-hair. Come by the booth and pick a tune, try out a mandolin or just to say “hello”…See you then!