After having traced
the instrument's contour on a plywood board, I studied its subdivision
which I based on the converging of the strips, but I want to point out
that not all originals are built this way: in some of them, in fact, the
stripsf sides are parallel.
Bending the first strip should not be a problem: follow the desired profile, keeping the maximum height about 4-5 mm more than planned, because later we will remove some wood. The only bends on the outer face are to be done close to the neck and heel block. The reason for these is to provide flat surfaces for gluing, but most of all a solid edge at the end of the carving.
THE BELLY STRIPS
Strip n. 1 (middle):
Strips n. 2 and 3 (inner lateral):
I suggest using scrap pieces left from quarter sawing, and carve them from full thickness. However possible to obtain these two strips by bending, I do not deem it practical, as areas that are traditionally left suppler than the rest would be made very rigid with a bent construction.
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