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Macica Workshop-2014 Woodworkers Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:30 has been a big weekend here in upstate New York.  We had the Northeast Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs this weekend.  On the first floor, I was involved in demonstrating for the Guitar Making Workshops coming up in the summer and fall at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft....

Introduction to Guitar Making

Master instrument maker Martin Macica, whose signature violins and mandolins are played by musicians around the world, shares his from his thirty years of experience in hand-crafting fine stringed instruments in this half-day demonstration focusing on guitar making.   Principles of wood and sound, as well as time-honored hand tool skills techniques will be shared in this introductory presentation.

When: June 21

Open Places: 17

Fees: $55

Register now!

Two Week Guitar Making Intensive

This training course will only be made available for two participants who are serious about building a handmade instrument using hand tools.  Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of guitar making, including an ingenious hand-cut dovetail neck joint technique.   Participants will leave with a working knowledge of guitar making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

When: September 15 - 27

Open Places: 2

Fees: $3500

Register now!

Info and register at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft website:

On the second floor, there was a nice set-up for local luthiers in the area to exhibit some of their instruments and talk about them.  It was nice to see some of the men that I apprenticed with as a young man. There were many kinds of instruments to see, from guitars that were made out of old movie reels to handmade woodwind instruments.  It was a lot of fun!

Here is a photo from the local newspaper, "The Saratogian"...

Ed Burke - The Saratogian 03/29/14 Luthier Marty Macica of Schuylerville strings an acoustic guitar he finished building Saturday at 5:30 a.m. at the Northeast Woodworkers Association's Showcase at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The show continues Sunday.

The guitar in this picture is the D'angelico style guitar I just finished for a friend and customer of mine... We actually both put some work into this one and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I will feature this in my next blog post.

In the workshop, I am preparing to start to make a handmade bouzouki for a fine musician and song writer/singer named Andy Gullahorn. What is a bouzouki you may ask?  It is a long necked instrument that is similar to the mandolin.  You can check out Andy's music on his website at:

I am going to make it with a beautiful curly Mahogany back and Adirondack Spruce top....I am really looking forward to making this instrument and will keep you all posted along the process.  Andy is hoping to use this new bouzouki on the "Behold the Lamb" tour next Christmas season..You can check out the website for this tour at

As I look out my window this morning, I can see the beginnings of Spring and am grateful for the change of seasons...

Until next time,


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:16
The Macica Workshop-March PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:16

Greetings from the Workshop!  It has been a busy couple of weeks with festivals, company and finish work.  It was good to be back at Joe Val Bluegrass Festival again!

As always, we enjoyed the music (Gibson Brothers pictured above)...lots of great musicianship, vocals and song writing.  It is also always nice to listen to all ages playing in little jams in every nook and cranny of the Sheraton....

It was good to see both new and familiar faces.  I think as a maker, its a great opportunity and important to meet the musicians at these festivals. Usually, when they do decide upon a new instrument, they are most likely going to go with someone they know and trust.  I find this to be a great complement as a maker.  This is the way I have been doing business for the last thirty years..

Recently, in the workshop, I had Frank Wakefield stop in for me to do some repair on his Loar mandolin.

Its always a good time when Frank stops by.  He always takes time to sit down and pick a few tunes with my son and I...  He has a great sense of humor!

Frank is going to be playing at the Parting Glass on June 21 at 8:00 for his 80th birthday show!  You can find out more at or  Hope to see you there!


Andy Statman Trio






This weekend, my son and I had the opportunity to hear The Andy Statman Trio play at The Egg in Albany.  It was an excellent show.  He played a nice mix of Klezmer, Jazz and American Roots music.  He was accompanied by bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle.  My take on it's where Klezmer and Bluegrass meets John Coltrain.  Excellent musicianship!  We had a great time!

The last bit of news from the workshop is some pictures of the Macica guitar that I recently finished making.  I am real pleased with it.  It has a real nice sound....

That is all for now..  March is here and Spring will soon be on its way!

Take Care,





Come join us at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival-February 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:34

Hello all...  Here it is February and we are heading once again to Framingham, Mass. for the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival.  It is a nice event for bluegrass musicians that could use a little get-away from mid-winter "cabin fever"...

Sheraton Framingham Hotel

The Sheraton is packed full of Bluegrass music all weekend!  We are looking forward to hearing "Blue Highway" play on Friday evening...

as well as "The Gibson Brothers" and many more..... check out the website for the full line-up for the festival

I've been working hard in the workshop to finish up final details on the instruments I am bringing to the festival. Here is a couple photos of the instruments that will be there to show/sell.

I will have three F-style mandolins, a guitar and a fiddle...

Come by the booth and say "Hello"....

Look forward to meeting you all and perhaps do a little pickin too!

Drive safely in this winter weather....Take Care,




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