Violin top carving, part 1

I’m using Lutz spruce for the top of this violin.  Lutz grows in Canada, and is highly regarded for guitar tops.  We’ll see how it does for violins.

First thing is to screw the top to a board, being very careful not to go too far.  You don’t want holes in the top, obviously.

 

Then the thickness is marked initially at 6mm thick:

 

Then material is removed down to the line.  First a plane is used at the ends:

 

 

Then a gouge is used for the rest:

 

 

 

Now the profile is refined (wasn’t much to remove on this one) and  the edge is further reduced to it’s final thickness of 4mm.

 

 

And that’s all for today.  My arm is tired. 😀

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