Then more work is done on the outside until I'm happy with the arching shape. I use arching guides and a plaster cast of the original violin to decide on the shape. When it's done I move on to thicknessing the plates. The big shavings in the next picture are from the inside of the back.
In the mean time I've also cut the f holes and fitted a bassbar in the front. Here I'm making a chamfer round the back to prepare the shape of the edgework. Soon the parts can be put together.