Macica Workshop: Guitars and Mandolins

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Greetings from the Workshop!  This fall season has begun another season of teaching instrument building classes…  Here is a look at some recent “in class” photos….

Guitar Building Intensive at Maplewood Center for Common Craft

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Mandolin Building Class at Northeast Woodworkers Association

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I count it a great joy to be able to teach the luthier craft to these students….  I recently visited with one of my former students from a previous Arch top Guitar Building Class.  His name is Dave Cox, and he stopped by the shop to show me his finished Arch Top Guitar.  Great job Dave! Here are some photos….

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Dave also has a hidden talent for riding a unicycle and brought it along to show my youngest son some of his unicycle skills….Thanks Dave!

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I continue to work on both a guitar and mandolin commission as well….I will blog photos of these soon!


Time to winterize our gardens…..our donkey Annie helps us get ready for the winter months ahead….

Until next time,







Macica Workshop: Fresh Grass 2016/Magazine Article


Fresh Grass 2016 was a great festival this year!

Thanks to all that came by the booth to try out my instruments and play a bit of music too….


We had some good pickin sessions!


 I appreciate all the encouraging feedback you all gave me about my instruments..Thank you to all the staff there at Fresh Grass as well…. I look forward to next years festival!


Other News:

Simply Saratoga….

Feel free to take a look at the article that just came out about our shop, in Saratoga Publishings’ magazine, “Simply Saratoga”…..

(click on link above…use + and – buttons at bottom left of article to enlarge for reading)

Thanks to Chris and staff!

(they are located  at FIVE CASE STREET (one block off EAST AVE, across from the Fasig Tipton Sales Pavilion, by the track)


I continue the work on the guitar and mandolin commissions in shop……I’ll post the progress soon…..

Until next time,







Macica Workshop: Fresh Grass 2016/Summer/Guitars


Greetings from Macica Workshop….

We have just returned from our summer vacation to the C.T. shore….

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We made some fun sand sculptures….


Caught some big fish to cook up for dinner…..


and enjoyed some good pickin and singing around the campfire!

We were also able to visit with some friends and family that were selling their handmade crafts at a local craft fair….

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Beautiful handmade items…great booth set-up…nice to visit with you all..Look forward to our next visit!

Back in the Workshop….


Guitar Building...Working on a guitar commission for a local friend here in Schuylerville....

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It is coming along nicely!

Looking forward to the guitar building class that begins at the end of the month at Maplewood Center for Common Craft  (still room for one more student…)

Also…..Mandolin Building Class to begin possibly in October offered through Northeast Woodworkers Association


A customer that I met at Grey Fox Festival this year recently came for a visit and we picked out his wood for the F4 style mandolin he has commissioned me to make for him.  He has picked out a beautiful Adirondack Spruce top and the back is going to be made out of Apple wood with a wide, curled flame…Nice choice John!

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 Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass…is this weekend!

 We look forward to visiting with you at our booth in the Luthier tent.  Looking forward to this years event…


And Lastly, as summer comes to an end…..

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We enjoy the bounty that the Lord has blessed us with… and look forward to this Fall season and the work we’ve been given to put our hands to….

Until next time,










Macica Workshop: Mandolin Building Class Meeting at Northeast Woodworkers Association

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Experience Level for this Class:

Some Woodworking Experience

Mandolin Building Class 


Martin Macica-Instructor
Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments

Let’s build a Mandolin!  Come join us for an informational meeting about this class.


Northeast Woodworkers Association

The meeting will be held at the Herman Finkbeiner Learning Center;

15 Solar Drive, Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065

Date:  Wednesday – September 7, 2016

Time:  6:00 PM

This is a hands-on course for making a mandolin.  You will complete an F-style or A-style mandolin from start to finish.  This will not be a “kit made” instrument.  The process of this class will be entirely 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 mandolin that you have made. The course is taught by Martin Macica, Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments. He has had 35 years’ experience making instruments like violins, mandolins, cellos and guitars.  Feel free to check out the creative process of instrument making on his website at

*Make sure you have a work space at home because homework will be an important part of this class.


If you plan to attend please RSVP to or reply to this message.  If you are interested and can’t make the meeting, let us know so we can provide you with the necessary information.


Hope to see you on board!

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Macica Workshop: Guitar Building Orientation Class this Weekend

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Hello Everyone,

Just a quick post to remind those interested in taking one of my Guitar Building Classes, this Sunday, August 21st at 11:00 I will be having a Orientation Class at Maplewood Center for Common Craft.  This one-day class is an introduction class to let students know what is all involved with building a guitar from scratch.  This class will also involve introductions to some of the hands-on skills that will be used in the process of guitar building.  Please refer to the Maplewood website for more information about the class or you can call me at my shop 518-695-3029.  Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.

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Upcoming Guitar Building Classes:

Guitar Making Intensive – September 27 – December 8 (Tuesday and Thursdays 5:30-9:00 pm)

Guitar FinalDrawing 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 on the website if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:30-9:30 pm) from September 27-December 8.   The cost for the workshop and materials will be an estimated $1375, including all materials.  Price may vary slightly based on the number of participants.

Maplewood Center for Common Craft


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Master Class with Martin Macica: Building a Hand Tooled Guitar

September 26, 2016 to December 14, 2016 — 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Instructor: Martin MacicaMember:1800 | Non-Member:2000 | Materials Fee: 575Enrollment Max: 8

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 In this hands-on, 30 session, 120 hour course for making a guitar you will complete a Dreadnaught Martin-style guitar from start to finish entirely using hand tools. This will not be a “kit made” guitar, but an instrument you will build from the bottom up, with personalized, detailed instruction. You will leave not only with a better understanding of what goes into making a stringed instrument, but also with a beautiful hand-crafted guitar that you have made. The guitar you will be making is based on the Martin D18 steel string guitar; known as a Dreadnought guitar. The back, neck and sides of this instrument will be made from Mahogany. The top will be made out of Spruce. The head stock will have a rose wood face and the fingerboard and bridge will be made out of ebony. We will use Waverly tuners for the hardware. Taught by master instrument maker Martin Macica, Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments with 35 years’ experience making fine violins, mandolins, cellos and guitars. All work will be done in class and all materials provided. Although beginners are welcome, wood working hand tool experience is an asset. Feel free to check out the creative process of instrument making on his website at NOTE: This class can be paid for by setting up a payment plan. Please call the registrar at (518) 273-0552 x231 for details. Registration for this class ends September 28th at 5pm in order to order materials needed. No classes 12/29, 1/5, 3/29

Capital Region Arts Center

You can find the registration information for both of these classes on each of their websites above.  Look forward to seeing you in class.

Until next time,