Macica Workshop:Summer, Festivals, Work

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Greetings from the Macica Workshop!  Hope you all are enjoying your summer thus far…  I have been enjoying using my donkey Annie to cultivate our garden this year…DSC05134 (Custom)DSC05164 (Custom) As well as putting her to work with collecting our hay that my boys and I have been cutting with our scythes in our back field….

Workshop News….

DSC05358 (Custom) I have just recently returned from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2016. We had a great festival this year and I enjoyed visiting with all who came to the booth. The photo above is from the Luthier Workshop where some local musicians played some songs with our handcrafted instruments….  Thanks guys!  (Here is a video of the above photo)

DSC05337 (Custom) As always, I enjoyed working/talking with the other Luthiers at the festival.  Here is a photo of my friend Steve Kovacik with Kovacik Guitars…

Here are some more photos of the activity around the booth….

DSC05369 (Custom)DSC05351 (Custom)DSC05334 (Custom)DSC05340 (Custom)DSC05364 (Custom)Lots of great pickin! Thanks to the Grey Fox staff.  See you next year!

As, some of you know, I have been teaching some instrument building classes through the Northeast Woodworkers Association….  They are a great group of guys over there and recently had their annual summer picnic….

DSC05276 (Custom)They had some great food to eat as well as some fun activities for both adults and children….

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They had a soap carving table…

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A few wood plane competitions like planing the thinnest wood curl……(my son Ian giving it a try in this photo)

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And of course a water balloon throwing contest!…..  Thanks NWA for putting on a great summer picnic and for the opportunity to teach instrument building classes through your organization.

Other shop news:

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I am in process of making a group of Macica guitars…..  I have recently been working on the rosettes  for these guitars….

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As well as the sides…

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As a reminder…

Those interested in building their own guitar…..  Fall is coming up quickly and I will be giving a 1-day orientation class on Sunday, August 21 for the upcoming Guitar Building Intensive Class that will begin September 27th at Maplewood Center for Common Craft.….     If you are interested, you may register through their website at:

I also will be keeping you posted on other instrument building classes to begin in the near future…

Guitar Building: Capital Region Arts Center

Mandolin Building:  Northeast Woodworkers Association

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Until next time,


Macica Workshop: It’s time for Grey Fox 2016

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Hello all,

Just a quick post to let you know it’s that time of year again for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York.  I will be there throughout the weekend selling instruments, giving demonstration/workshops and will have my workbench set up for instrument repairs as well.

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You can check out the schedule for the festival at:

DSC02400 (2) (Custom)Look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Until next time,


Macica Workshop: May 2016

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Greetings from the Macica Workshop! We hope you are all enjoying this season of Spring.  In the workshop, I just had the last day of the Arched Top Guitar Making Class (offered through the Northeast Woodworkers Association).

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I do love teaching these classes and I feel this class has been a great success.  My “hats off” to all the men in this class, for what they accomplished is no small thing…

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We celebrated our last day with an amazing meal together that Francis, (pictured above) a former chef, had made for us….

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Filet Mignon with fixings (beyond words Francis!)…..among some very good potato salad (Thank you Bill!) and John brought this homemade chocolate cake….

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We also had a special guest show up to this last class….

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My friend and former student who also has made this same Arched Top Guitar a few years back….

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These classes feel like “pioneering” classes to me and I look forward to teaching more of these in the future. It is a rewarding feeling to see these students walk away from this class with a handmade instrument that they have created.

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Thanks guys for all your hard work and for a great Class!

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Future Classes:

*I am hoping to offer a “F5 Mandolin Making Class” (with the option of making a A-style) in the fall through the Northeast Woodworkers Association.  I will keep you posted when I find out more details….

Also: Maplewood Center for Common Craft is offering this guitar class that I will be teaching in the fall.

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 below if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:30-9pm) 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.

When: September 27 – 8
Open Places: 4
Fees: $1375



Macica Website News: 

We have now added a new tab to our website home page entitled, “For Sale”.  If you click on this tab, it will bring you to a page of instruments that are presently for sale “in shop”.  You may also purchase these instruments directly off of the website now as well.

There is a “sound bite” and photos included on this page for each instrument for sale. Feel free to click on the link below or on the tab on our website.

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Other News:

Occasionally my brother-in-law Kris (you can check out his website at: refers customers to us that are looking for smaller scale carvings and woodworking. My son, Josiah and I worked on this project together.  Josiah carved the cowboy hats and I made the boxes. The customer had ordered these for an upcoming wedding. Here are some pictures of the finished commission….

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It was a fun project to work on and sometimes it’s nice to change it up a bit and work on something a little different in the shop.

Well, that’s all for this post.

Until next time,





Macica Workshop: Mandolin Camp North 2016

P1140003 (Custom)Greetings!

Just a quick post to let you know that I will have a booth at Mandolin Camp North  this weekend (April, 15, 16, 17).


Guitar & Mandolin Camp North is held
at Prindle Pond Conference Center
in Charlton, Massachusetts Contact us at:
Phone: 401-487-3536

Guitar & Mandolin Camp North is a fun-packed weekend for guitar and mandolin players, and folks who want to become guitar or mandolin players. The weekend is full of workshops, classes, faculty concerts (faculty consists of names such as: Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Sharon Gilchrist, Rich DelGrosso and Don Stiernberg…and many more) and plenty of good pickin sessions.

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Look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Take Care,





Macica Workshop: 2016 Woodworkers Showcase

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Beautiful Spring day in upstate New York?? Despite the fact that Winter returned to our area today, we had a successful weekend at the 2016 Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs. 

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The event featured a plethora of different instruments and makers…

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Guitars with intricate inlay….

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A Banjocello….played with a bow….

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Mandolins…. and much more…

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Maplewood Center for Common Craft  had some great woodworking demonstrations such as:

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How to Sharpen a Saw (cross-cut and rip saw) by Logan Simms….

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and Making Instruments using Hand Tools..

The booth featured dovetail demos/joinery skills and carving techniques….

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With some nice giveaways as well…

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The students in my classes for the Northeast Woodworkers Association  featured a table with some of their finished instruments and works in progress…

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A job well done gentlemen! What a fine job you all have done….

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The event included Fine furniture…..

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and various handmade woodworking items made by local woodworkers….

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As well as some great music! (This talented group of musicians called, “One Step Closer”)

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I too, was able to join in and play a little fiddle…

Thanks to all who came out to the show….It was nice to see familiar faces as well as meet new ones.  We look forward to next year!

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Until we meet again,