||Arching the Back
The shape of the back has been refined and smoothed and is now ready for
the next step, hollowing out and graduating the thickness. I chose to do the carving
and shaping using hand tools only. It took a long time but I felt more comfortable
approaching the final shape slowly. I sensed that there was no way to add wood back
if I accidentally removed too much!
to the right shows this process nearly completed. As I approached the final
thicknesses the back was held by the fingers of one hand and tapped with the other to test
the tap tones. It now has a clear sound, neither a dead thud or ringing, metallic
I promised Rachel that her cello would be done by the time she entered High
School. The deadline rapidly approaches!
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