Hello all! I had a great time at Fresh Grass 2017 and enjoyed visiting with all that came by our booth. One of the main reasons for being there this time around was to deliver a mandolin commission to a customer of mine that was going to be at the festival. I love working on commissions, because it is a great experience to work together with another player and to come up with a design that is special for that individuals needs and wants in an instrument….
Here I am letting the instrument dry in front of my shop….
John, enjoying his new mandolin….
Making the bridge….
Each Macica Mandolin is completely hand-crafted with individual attention to each detail of the instrument….
Thanks to the staff at Fresh Grass this year! We’ll see you again next year…
In other news:
New Instrument Building Class being offered:
Instructor: Martin Macica
Experience Level for this Class:
Some Woodworking Experience
Cello, Violin or Viola Building Class
Let’s build a Cello, Violin or Viola!
This is a hands-on course for making a cello, violin or viola. You will complete one of these instruments from start to finish. This will not be a “kit made” instrument. The process of this class will be mostly done using hand tools. This course will not only give you a better understanding of what goes into making a stringed instrument, but you will leave this course with a beautiful hand-crafted cello, violin or viola that you have made. The course is taught by Martin Macica, Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments. Martin apprenticed in New York City with Mosa Havivi and has been a master of stringed instruments for 35 years now. Feel free to check out the creative process of instrument making on his website at www.macica.com.
*Make sure you have a work space at home because homework will be an important part of this class.
Class Dates: (Two Thursdays per month from 9:00-5:00)
*First class begins October 26th….
Nov. 9th, 30th
Dec. 14th, 28th
Jan. 11th, 25th
Feb. 8th, 22nd
Mar. 8th, 22nd
April 5th, 19th
May 3rd, 17th, 31st (Final Class)
June 7th (Extra Class if Needed)
Herman Finkbeiner Learning Center
15 Solar Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065
*If you are interested in taking this class, please contact the Northeast Woodworkers Association at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you on board!
Until next time,
Summer Greetings from the Macica Workshop! I hope you all have been able to get out a bit and enjoy these summer months….
I’ve been able to get out to our backyard Adirondack mountains and do a little hiking and biking….seen some great views!
It’s hard to believe that we are closing on summer already and heading into the fall season…..I thought I better catch up on some summer shop news..
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival:
We had a great time at the festival even though we did have a bit of rain…
and the mud was deep….but the music went on….
Thanks to all that came by the booth for a visit! I enjoyed talking and playing music with old acquaintances as well as new ones.. It was great to participate once again in the Luthier’s Forum as well as to hear our instruments being played by some great, skilled musicians…Thanks guys!
I was so happy to have my new friend, Pastor Philemon from Kenya come by the shop for a visit, and to show him the craft of instrument building. He enjoyed trying out some of the instruments and hearing the sound they produced. Look forward to visiting with you again Philemon!
Two-week Guitar Building Intensive Class with my Nephew….
My nephew, Miciah had been wanting to build his own guitar, but seeing how he lives 3 1/2 hours away, he was unable to take one of the Guitar Building classes that I teach in our local area. We decided to have him come stay with us for two weeks and have a intensive guitar building class (like an independent study) with him during that time. At the end of our time together, he had built himself a beautiful instrument with a great sound…A job well done Miciah! Here are some photos of the process….
Coming up Soon….
Starting September 5th, we will begin our Guitar Building Class that is being offered through Maplewood Center for Common Craft.
The class is currently full, but I will keep you posted on any more classes that I will be teaching this fall.
Fresh Grass 2017 Bluegrass Festival Feel free to check out their website by clicking on the link. The festival will be September 15-17th. I will have a booth in the Luthier’s tent once again this year. I hope to see you there!
Well, I think that I have caught up with all our summer news/updates, and will post some photos next blog on the latest mandolin commission that I am currently finishing… Enjoy the rest of the summer season….happy canning and harvesting to those that have gardens!
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.
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!
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:
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!
Please join us for the Open House at Maplewood Center for Common Craft
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00-Noon
located at 158 Windy Hill Rd. Greenwich, NY 12834
“We will be having our 5th annual Open House this weekend. Take a tour of our main wood shop and timber frame workshop. Hand tool demonstrations will include carving, dovetail joints, and even guitar making. This is the perfect opportunity to meet our instructors and learn more about upcoming programs. No cost to attend, but please register” at http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/open-house-april-22-2017-10am-noon/
Hope to see you there!