This autumn one of my projects is a new violin. It has been in progress for quite some time in between other jobs. I had jointed the front and back plates earlier, as well as made a rib structure, so the first job now is to cut the outline of the front and back.
Then I take some of the thickness of the wood away. I'm working with a gouge. From what looks a bit like a roof shape - high in the middle and lower at the edges- the plates now start to get more of an arched shape.
With the edges a bit thinner it is asier to finalise the outline. And with the outline finished I can put in the purfling. It now starts to look more like a violin and I continue working on the arching.
In the picture at the top of this page, you see in the middle of window sill above the bench a beautiful small wooden plane. It was made by Andrew Atkinson, musician, instrument maker and researcher of historical tools and techniques. Here is a close up: