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Written by Marty   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:36

Greetings from Macica Workshop!  Yes, its still winter here in upstate...  in fact the children are getting quite creative with the snow!

I continue to work on the A-style Mandolins.  I now have all the necks in and am now working on the binding.  I like using a purfling knife to cut the step groove for the binding.  I find it makes for a nicer crisp line.

I then cut out the excess, using a knife router I made.  I really like how it works.  After everything is cleaned out, its time for the binding...

I am also enjoying making a violin along with the class that I have been teaching. Here, I am establishing the edge thickness so that we can all begin to contour and shape the back and top.

Sometimes, I have students that may of needed to miss a class or just would like some extra one-on-one help.  I have encouraged them to stop by the shop and work with me if they need to.

Here, Fred is cutting his corners for the sides of his violin.

Here, Mike is flattening the outline of the sides of his violin.

One of the reasons this class can work well, is that there is one day of intensive class instruction and then the students have two weeks to work on it before the next class.  Homework is key.  Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Until next time,

Martin

 

 
Macica Workshop-Wintertime in New York PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 19:34

Greetings from Macica Workshop in snowy New York!  These last couple snow storms have presented a blanket of white fun for our three boys and friends....

Winter is definitely here!  In the workshop, I have been working diligently on the three A-style mandolins that I hope to have finished before Spring.  I finished some fine tuning to the tone bars and glued the tops on.  I then cut the over hanging edge flush with the sides. I use a spoke shave at first....

Next, I smooth it using a file or scraper....

I then cut out the space for the heel...

When that is finished, the mandolin is ready to fit the neck.  This process needs to be exact making sure the angle is right.  The neck needs to be straight and break out over the top at the right height.

All of these aspects have to come together at the same time in the process.  I can then glue the neck in.

While the mandolin necks are gluing, I look out the window at the winter snow falling...  and think.... "its time to shovel again!"

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

 
Macica Workshop-Wintertime in New York PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 19:02

Greetings from Macica Workshop in snowy New York!  These last couple snow storms have presented a blanket of white fun for our three boys and friends....

Winter is definitely here!  In the workshop, I have been working diligently on the three A-style mandolins that I hope to have finished before Spring.  I finished some fine tuning to the tone bars and glued the tops on.  I then cut the over hanging edge flush with the sides. I use a spoke shave at first....

Next, I smooth it perfectly using a file or scraper....

I then cut out the space for the heel...

When that is finished, the mandolin is ready to fit the neck.  This process needs to be exact making sure the angle is right.  The neck needs to be straight and break out over the top at the right height.

All of these aspects have to come together at the same time in the process.  I can then glue the neck in.

While the mandolin necks are gluing, I look out the window at the winter snow falling...  and think.... "its time to shovel again!"

Until next time,

Martin

 

 

 
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