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