Macica Workshop: February 2020


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February greetings from The Macica Workshop….


I started out the month with breaking my leg…  I was stepping off some ice and fell on my ankle in the snow. I am able to get around pretty good with my special “crutchie” scooter and my “peg-leg” from my brother-in-law.  I am still able to work in my shop and I am grateful for that.

The finished Cello…



Many of you have been following the process of this cello I have been making for a dear friend.  This cello is my own model and I am very pleased with the finished piece.  If you would like to follow the process of this instrument being made, feel free to refer to my Instagram (Macicaworkshop)  Here are some recent pics of the cello:

Guitar Building Class:

Here are some recent pics from the Guitar Building Class that I have been teaching through Maplewood Center for Common Craft.  It has been a great group to be working with and they are all doing well in the class.  I look forward to hearing the sound of these beautiful, hand-crafted instruments.


Joe Val Bluegrass Festival 2020

Another great festival in Framingham, Mass.! I was unable to attend this year because of my leg, but my son and a few of our friends that enjoy playing bluegrass had a good time pickin at the festival! Balsam Range was a favorite this year!

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Winter Bluegrass session at our home/workshop…Cabin fever?

Coming in March…

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Our friend and Irish Folk Musician, Tim O’Shea from Killarney, Ireland will be visiting our area once again in the month of March. If you live locally, feel free to check out one of his concerts or workshops….

LEG 3 NEW YORK: (Concerts & workshops)

with Paddy Timoney (Fiddle) and Andrew Coletti (Irish Dancer)

 March 18 Wed Travel & Rehearsals

March 19 Thu 1pm Saratoga Senior Centre     DUO    BOOKED

March 19 Thu 7pm Glen Falls Crandall Library TRIO BOOKED

March 20 Fri 12 5pm Queensbury Senior Centre  DUO   BOOKED

March 21 Sat 1pm Schylerille Drum Workshop   SOLO BOOKED

March 22 3pm Saratoga House Concert w Paudy DUO  BOOKED

March 23 5pm Mon Pittsfield MA Drum Workshop SOLO TBC


Let’s Build an Ukulele!

Big picture Looking forward to teaching this class in April.  If you are interested in building your own Uke, registration information is above. I hope to see you in class!


Well, that’s it for February news from the Workshop.  I am going to do my best to be posting at least once per month.  Enjoy the end of this winter season with hopes for Spring!



Until next time,