Macica Workshop: February 2017 Update

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February greetings from the Macica Workshop!  It has been quite a while since my last post…it has been a busy season! First off, we finally got some winter snow to enjoy here in upstate New York….

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We had some great sledding days….

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Our youngest son has been enjoying taking “Fluffy” out and making a snow tunnel village for him to hop through…..

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and we enjoyed some good winter music too!


In the workshop, I recently finished up a guitar commission for a local friend….

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I love this guitar because I used all natural bindings…Mahogany and Black Walnut….


My son and a friend have been helping me with a commission for twelve hand dovetailed Cello Boxes…

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They are now near completion and some beautiful workmanship has gone into these.  These cello boxes can make a nice gift and are a great way to store your cello…

Winter Vacation….

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We took a trip to Lancaster, PA and visited the train museum… We felt as though we went back in time to the days when trains were the main means for travel…It’s worth a visit if you are in the area…

Mandolins, Mandolins, Mandolins….

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Along with teaching a Mandolin Building Class for the Northeast Woodworkers Association, I have been diligently working on a new batch of mandolins; one of them being a commission…  They are coming along nicely and I have recently finished up the binding process of the instruments…

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I’ll post some more pictures of the process next time….

Guitar Making Intensive – September 5 – December 19, 2017 (Tuesdays 5:30-9:00pm)

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 below if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on Tuesday evenings (5:30-9pm) from September 5-December 18.   The cost for the workshop and materials will be $1375, including all materials.  Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

When: September 5 – 19
Open Places: 3
Fees: $1375

Maplewood Center for Common Craft has posted their new Spring classes….  I will be teaching another Guitar Making Intensive class this upcoming September.  Feel free to take a look at the many “Skill Classes” that are coming up on the Maplewood website:

Until Next time,






Merry Christmas from the Macica Workshop!


A Joyous Holiday season to you all….

Merry Christmas from The Macica Workshop...

Things have been very busy in the workshop with Instrument Building Classes, Repairs and finishing up a couple commissions…(will blog on those next post…)

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I thought I would share some photo’s from the Guitar Building Class that I just finished up through Maplewood Center for Common Craft.

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Great job to all that took the class…and what seemed like good timing to be bringing home a handmade guitar for Christmas… Enjoy!



Finished work and listening to the sound….


A former student of mine enjoying the sound…..


Looking forward to the next season of classes…. Grateful for the opportunity to teach what I love to do…

Until next time,



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,