Fine Instruments

Guitar Making Workshops



  • Principles of Table Design and Construction – July 15, 2017

    Have you ever through about designing and building your own dining room table or coffee table?   In this full day workshop, participants will receive a useful combination of practical design considerations and hands-on practice.  We will use mortise and tenon joinery to build a “mock-up” table corner, complete with “haunched” and mitered mortise and tenon joinery and tapered table legs.   We will also cover the process of laminating table tops and working to a beautiful hand-scraped finish.   Using only traditional hand tools and techniques, participants will leave with the knowledge and skill to work on larger table projects.  Class begins at 9am and will go to approximately 4:30pm.

    When: July 15
    Open Places: 1
    Fees: $115
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  • One Day Joinery Workshop – Dovetails, Mortise and Tenons and Dadoes (Saturday, July 29, 2017)

    We will be offering our popular single day joinery workshop to our schedule this year.  In this Saturday class, we will cover the three most used joints in hand tool woodworking: the dovetail, mortise and tenon, and dado joint.   With practice, these three joints can open up a wide range of furniture making projects to woodworkers, including tables, chairs, beds and desks.  All tools and materials are provided in this one day course.  Class schedule is 9am-4pm.

    When: July 29
    Open Places: 11
    Fees: $115
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  • Craftsman/Shaker Inspired Step Stool Class – August 3 – 6, 2017 (9am – 4:30pm)


    In this four-day workshop, participants will acquire the skills used in traditional joinery to build a unique handled step stool inspired by elements of both Shaker and Craftsman design.   With Dovetails, Mortise and Tenons, and Housing Dados, this project covers the three main joints used to create most pieces.  Basic shaping is also covered with classic lines and a hand sculpted handle. With the exotic hardwoods sapele, mahogany and curly maple, participants will learn how to tackle difficult grain structure using sharp tools and proper technique to bring out the woods’ inner beauty.  All tools and materials will be provided. Class goes from 9:00am-4:3opm (ish) daily.


    When: August 3 - 6
    Open Places: 7
    Fees: $385
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  • Introduction to Timber Framing – 3 Day Workshop (August 24-26, 2017)

    A three-day workshop with accomplished timber framer Nick Richards, who has designed and built the Maplewood woodshop, timber framing shop, and maple sugar house. This workshop is designed to introduce the skills and tools used in traditional timber frame construction.  Basic joinery layout and hand tool techniques will be covered and participants will have the opportunity build their own timber-framed sawhorse incorporating the three most commonly used joints. All tools and materials will be provided.  9:00am-4:00pm daily

    When: August 24 - 26
    Open Places: 3
    Fees: $350
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  • Guitar Making Intensive – September 5 – December 19, 2017 (Tuesdays 5:30-9:00pm)


    Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of guitar making, leading participants through the process of making their own guitar using hand tools.   This intensive course will cover every aspect of guitar making, including the important hand-cut dovetail neck joint.   Participants will leave with a working knowledge of guitar making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

    Please use the registration button below if you are interested in taking this course, which will take place on Tuesday evenings (5:30-9pm) from September 5-December 18.   The cost for the workshop and materials will be $1375, including all materials.  Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

    When: September 5 - 19
    Open Places: 1
    Fees: $1375
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  • Restoring an Antique Hand Plane – September 9, 2017

    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to restore a classic Bailey pattern #4 smoothing plane from its “found” condition to a precisely tuned woodworking stand-by that can tackle almost any planing task.  Maplewood instructors will walk participants through each step of the restoration process and share some practical tips for acquiring antique planes online or at flea markets.  Best of all, the plane you restore is yours to keep at the day’s end!  We only offer this class once a year, so reserve early!   Class will run from 9am-4pm.

    When: September 9
    Open Places: 6
    Fees: $165
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Feel free to contact us if you would like to suggest a particular class.   Also, we are available for private instruction that can be as simple as a hands-on sharpening lesson or completing a small project in the shop.