Macica Workshop-2014 Woodworkers Showcase

Well…it has been a big weekend here in upstate New York.  We had the Northeast Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs this weekend.  On the first floor, I was involved in demonstrating for the Guitar Making Workshops coming up in the summer and fall at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft….

Introduction to Guitar Making

Master instrument maker Martin Macica, whose signature violins and mandolins are played by musicians around the world, shares his from his thirty years of experience in hand-crafting fine stringed instruments in this half-day demonstration focusing on guitar making.   Principles of wood and sound, as well as time-honored hand tool skills techniques will be shared in this introductory presentation.

When: June 21

Open Places: 17

Fees: $55

Register now!

Two Week Guitar Making Intensive

This training course will only be made available for two participants who are serious about building a handmade instrument using hand tools.  Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of guitar making, including an ingenious hand-cut dovetail neck joint technique.   Participants will leave with a working knowledge of guitar making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

When: September 15 – 27

Open Places: 2

Fees: $3500

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Info and register at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft website:

On the second floor, there was a nice set-up for local luthiers in the area to exhibit some of their instruments and talk about them.  It was nice to see some of the men that I apprenticed with as a young man. There were many kinds of instruments to see, from guitars that were made out of old movie reels to handmade woodwind instruments.  It was a lot of fun!

Here is a photo from the local newspaper, “The Saratogian”…

Ed Burke - The Saratogian 03/29/14 Luthier Marty Macica of Schuylerville strings an acoustic guitar he finished building Saturday at 5:30 a.m. at the Northeast Woodworkers Association's Showcase at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The show continues Sunday.

The guitar in this picture is the D’angelico style guitar I just finished for a friend and customer of mine… We actually both put some work into this one and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I will feature this in my next blog post.

In the workshop, I am preparing to start to make a handmade bouzouki for a fine musician and song writer/singer named Andy Gullahorn. What is a bouzouki you may ask?  It is a long necked instrument that is similar to the mandolin.  You can check out Andy’s music on his website at:

I am going to make it with a beautiful curly Mahogany back and Adirondack Spruce top….I am really looking forward to making this instrument and will keep you all posted along the process.  Andy is hoping to use this new bouzouki on the “Behold the Lamb” tour next Christmas season..You can check out the website for this tour at

As I look out my window this morning, I can see the beginnings of Spring and am grateful for the change of seasons…

Until next time,


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