New Instrument Building Class/Mandolins/Fresh Grass 2017

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Hello all! I had a great time at Fresh Grass 2017 and enjoyed visiting with all that came by our booth. One of the main reasons for being there this time around was to deliver a mandolin commission to a customer of mine that was going to be at the festival.  I love working on commissions, because it is a great experience to work together with another player and to come up with a design that is special for that individuals needs and wants in an instrument….

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Here I am letting the instrument dry in front of my shop….

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John, enjoying his new mandolin….

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Making the bridge….

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Each Macica Mandolin is completely hand-crafted with individual attention to each detail of the instrument….

Thanks to the staff at Fresh Grass this year! We’ll see you again next year…

In other news:

New Instrument Building Class being offered:

Instructor:    Martin Macica

Experience Level for this Class:

Some Woodworking Experience


Cello, Violin or Viola Building Class

Let’s build a Cello, Violin or Viola!

This is a hands-on course for making a cello, violin or viola.  You will complete one of these instruments from start to finish.  This will not be a “kit made” instrument.  The process of this class will be mostly done using hand tools.  This course will not only give you a better understanding of what goes into making a stringed instrument, but you will leave this course with a beautiful hand-crafted cello, violin or viola that you have made. The course is taught by Martin Macica, Maker of Fine Stringed Instruments. Martin apprenticed in New York City with Mosa Havivi and has been a master of stringed instruments for 35 years now. Feel free to check out the creative process of instrument making on his website at

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*Make sure you have a work space at home because homework will be an important part of this class.

Class Dates:  (Two Thursdays per month from 9:00-5:00)

*First class begins October 26th….


Oct. 26th

Nov. 9th, 30th

Dec. 14th, 28th

Jan. 11th, 25th

Feb. 8th, 22nd

Mar. 8th, 22nd

April 5th, 19th

May 3rd, 17th, 31st (Final Class)

June 7th (Extra Class if Needed)


    Herman Finkbeiner Learning Center

    15 Solar Drive

    Clifton Park, NY 12065

*If you are interested in taking this class, please contact the Northeast Woodworkers Association at:

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 Hope to see you on board!
Until next time,