Workshop Progress

Hello Everyone! I'm glad to say that another Macica Violin is in the hand of another talented musician.  Mathew Christian has a really unique New England style of fiddle playing.  It is great to hear him play! This is the newly finished Mandolin... I never want to have the mind set or dilemma of trying to mass produce or become more mechanized in my productions.  On the contrary, I feel I have developed an efficient way of creating a completely handmade instrument.  I believe it gives the instrument a greater integrity, beauty and worth. Right now I am starting a guitar from scratch... The first thing you need to do in starting the guitar is to tie a string to a Model A Ford to establish a radius to make a template. This template will be used as my side for arching and bracing. Last, but not least, I continue to work on the A Model Mandolin. Here is a shot of the inlay that will go into the head stock.  I use a very fine jeweler saw. The tree on my mandolins are a symbol of the scripture from Mathew 13:31,32...The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches. I am grateful to be busy in shop..  Until next time, Martin  

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