Written by Marty September 2, 2015 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...
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.
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.
A happy customer and friend...
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 http://www.maplewoodcraft.com/classes/ 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 http://www.artscenteronline.org/craft/woodworking/ 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...
A fun project! I love the way the Lord has made us to be creative. It is a gift of God.
Until next time,
The Macica Workshop: Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments
166 County Route 338, Schuylerville, NY 12871 518.695.3029