Side view showing the plate arching.
Back view. Notice that the button for the neck attachment is left oversized. It will be trimmed after the neck is fitted.
..Cut neck wood so that button width is 1.623". (1728 Strad 'Immunology violin).
Since the body is now together, I am getting enthusiastic about completing the neck.
Here I am making vertical slice cuts with a curved gouge so as to remove carving cuts cleanly.
As one works in to the tighter curves of the scroll, smaller gouges are used.
Work both sides of the neck and compare frequently to insure appearance will be pleasing.
Vary the light position/ source to whatever helps you the most.
I turn the work to the most advantageous position as I progress.