Macica Workshop-February news

Greetings from Macica Workshop!  Yes, its still winter here in upstate...  in fact the children are getting quite creative with the snow! I continue to work on the A-style Mandolins.  I now have all the necks in and am now working on the binding.  I like using a purfling knife to cut the step groove for the binding.  I find it makes for a nicer crisp line. I then cut out the excess, using a knife router I made.  I really like how it works.  After everything is cleaned out, its time for the binding... I am also enjoying making a violin along with the class that I have been teaching. Here, I am establishing the edge thickness so that we can all begin to contour and shape the back and top. Sometimes, I have students that may of needed to miss a class or just would like some extra one-on-one help.  I have encouraged them to stop by the shop and work with me if they need to. Here, Fred is cutting his corners for the sides of his violin. Here, Mike is flattening the outline of the sides of his violin. One of the reasons this class can work well, is that there is one day of intensive class instruction and then the students have two weeks to work on it before the next class.  Homework is key.  Looking forward to seeing the progress. Until next time, Martin  

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