Macica Workshop: Fresh Grass at Mass MoCA, North Adams, Mass.

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Hello all! I have returned from Fresh Grass, and had a nice time meeting new faces, hearing good music and spending time with other luthiers.

The luthier tent was very busy place with musicians of all abilities and ages….

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Frank Solivan plays a tune on a Macica with another musician standing by….

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The D’Angelico guitar that I made for a friend of mine was fun to have at the festival…great sound!

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Joe Walsh enjoyed picking a tune on a Macica A-style….

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Mike was having a great time heading up a jam with some young, up and coming musicians…

It was nice to have my work bench with me, so that I had a work space for any repairs that musicians needed throughout the festival…

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They have a nice set-up there at Fresh Grass and I had a great time.  Thank you to all the friendly staff there!  Look forward to next years festival!


A-style Mandolin Class at Maplewood Center for Common Craft still has openings….

Martin Style Dreadnaught Guitar Class at The Art Center of the Capital Region still has openings as well…

You can learn about the classes and register for them through the above websites.  Feel free to check them out.  Next week is the first class of the D’Angelico Guitar Class offered through the Northeast Woodworkers Association.  Looking forward to it!

Until next time,









Macica Workshop: Connecticut Shore/Fresh Grass at Mass MoCA

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Hello all! Remember the bike I restored for my wife from my last post?  Well… it fit right in at the ocean on the Connecticut shore this last week.

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We spent some time fishing….

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Walking the ocean shores searching for sea shells…

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Catching big horseshoe crabs…..

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In workshop news, I wanted to let you know I will be at “Fresh Grass” this weekend, located at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.  Feel free to check out their line-up and website at

Hope you are able to come and check out the Luthier tent at the festival this year…



Macica Workshop: Mandolins, Classes, Bicycles

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P1060726 (Custom) Hello everyone! Just finished this commission for a friend of mine, Zack Thomas.  Zack is a timber framer and has a real appreciation for wood and quality workmanship.  All of the Adirondack Spruce that I used for this mandolin and all recent instruments has been supplied by Zack.  The grain is beautiful…

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Zack wanted his mandolin to be a blond instrument meaning it is all natural color.  I did give it a slightly amber tint to the oil varnish that I applied.

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I made a handmade pick guard out of cherry burl wood that Zack had given me. Being a blond instrument, it really shows off the beauty and workmanship that went into it.

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A happy customer and friend…

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Other news….

In my last blog post, I mentioned three instrument making classes that are being offered this fall that I will be teaching.

Maplewood Center for Common Craft  have added more updates to the mandolin making class on their website.  There are still spots open…feel free to check it out.

Capital Region Art Center the flat top guitar class has some NYS grants that are given to the art center that may be of help to those interested.  They also are willing to set up a payment plan to pay in increments.  There is still some spots open here too…feel free to check it out.

The NWA ( Northeastern Woodworkers Association) is a go for the D’Angelico Arch Top Guitar class! We start at the end of the month. Looking forward to our first class.

Other news….I recently put my restoration/fixing up skills to the test on a garage sale find I purchased for my wife…  I briefly moved from wood on my workbench to metal,  and worked to ready the bicycle for her birthday.  Here are some before and after shots…

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A fun project!  I love the way the Lord has made us to be creative.  It is a gift of God.

Until next time,




Macica Workshop: New Classes for Fall 2015

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Introducing three Master Instrument Making classes being offered in Fall 2015….

Class #1:

  • Hand Crafted A-Style Mandolin with Martin Macica (October 17, 2015 – July 9, 2016 Biweekly)

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    In this workshop, participants will use hand tool methods to construct a beautiful A-style mandolin. Skills learned will be hand carving the back and face, shaping the neck with rasps, chisels, and the spoke shaves, and the all-round  precision skill that is required to create a quality instrument.

    Those who would take the class will need their own work space as throughout the weeks homework will be given to complete the project in time.

    Class Dates are: Oct.  17, 31, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan 9, 23, Feb. 6, 20, Mar 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30 May 14, 28June 11, 25, July 9

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    When: October 17 – 9
    Open Places: 7
    Fees: $1350

  • This A-style Mandolin class will take place at the beautiful, timber frame wood working facility at Maplewood Center for Common Craft in Greenwich, New York.  /


Class #2:  

Master Class with Martin Macica: Building a Hand Tooled Guitar

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October 13, 2015 to May 24, 2016 — 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Instructor: Martin MacicaMember:1800 | Non-Member:2000 | Materials Fee: 575Enrollment Max: 8

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 class 12/29, 1/5, 3/29

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This class will take place at the woodworking workshop within the beautiful Capital Region Art Center in downtown Troy, New York. /

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Class #3:  D’Angelico Arch Top Guitar Class

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This will be a D’Angelico style Guitar Class. This class is offered through the Northeastern Woodworkers Association at the nice and spacious woodworking workshop in the Herman Finkbeiner Education Center located in Clifton Park, New York.

This class can accommodate 7 students.  You must be a member of the Northeastern Woodworking Association to attend this class. Classes will be 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 2 Mondays (2nd and 4th) a month from September to the end of May for a total of 18 sessions.  The schedule will be on the NWA calendar on their website shortly.  Tuition questions can be addressed to the NWA through their website.

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I included the websites within each class write-up, where you can register for your class of interest.  Look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call my shop phone at 518-695-3029.

Take Care,

Martin Macica


Macica Workshop-Back from Grey Fox 2015

Greetings!  We are now back from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and thought we would send you all some highlights from the week at the festival….

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Anybody remember the “Beverly Hillbillies”?  ..”the kin folk said, Jed, move away from here..they said California is the place you want to be, so they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly..” (that’s what this picture reminds me of…)

In our case…..”the kin folk said, Mart, you know it’s that time of year…they say, Grey Fox Festival is where you ought to go, so we loaded up our truck headin’ for the bluegrass show!”

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I heard it said that there was about 10 to 15,000 attenders this year…a “sold out” year for the  festival…

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We had a good amount of traffic in the booth this year throughout the weekend…  Thanks to all who stopped by for a visit and to try out the instruments.  We had some good jams as well as many repairs that kept me busy this festival.

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Thanks to Steve Kovacik, and Frank Marchitto for participating with me in the Luthier Workshop/Symposium on Saturday.  It is always nice to re-connect with both these men during this festival.

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This year, we opened the symposium with three excellent musicians playing a instrument from each of our shops….Thanks guys for a great introduction!

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Though the weather was fairly hot for the majority of the festival, the creek proves to be a nice place to cool off for both adults and children!

We enjoyed some great music this festival….Here are a few highlights….

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The Gibson Brothers….always enjoyable to see live..

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Michael Daves and friends…very energetic!

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (husband and wife)…both very skilled on the banjo and enjoyable to listen to..

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Many little groups of instrument classes for the “Kids Academy” at Grey Fox…Here is a banjo class we happened upon…

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Until next year Grey Fox…..Keep on pickin!

Other news from the workshop….

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Well, we finished up the six month violin course, and here is a great picture of the happy graduates…   I enjoyed working with this group of men very much and am so pleased with their accomplishments.

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They worked hard and progressed in their skill and knowledge of violin making as well as woodworking.

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It has been a pleasure to work with you all and hope to see you again in future classes…  I will be posting some more info about classes being offered this fall…stay tuned…

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May you all enjoy these summer months….

Until next time,