Carving the Linings

Carving the linings

The linings are trimmed flush to the top of the rib with a flat soled fingerplane as they are glued in slightly proud.  The interior profile of the block is roughly split with a crank neck incannel gouge before the top and back gluing surfaces are flattened on a trued sanding table.  The linings are carved with a luthiers knife following the split of the grain until a subtle convexed arch spans the lengths as uniformly as possible.  The knife marks are removed using an ovoid shaped cabinet scraper held at a perpindicular skew to the grain followed by a light sanding to clean up any chatter or standing grains.  The final effect is to preserve the evident patina of handwork prevelant inside classic Italian workmanship whilst demonstrating handskill and intent.

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