I HAVE BEEN making some nice progress on the three tenors.
The rosettes are all installed. This one is in the juniper top. when it is sanded and finished it will look sweet, spalted maple-pretty stuff
Here they are, all done and ready to glue on both tops and backs. Whew, that's a lot of whittling.
It takes a lot of braces and tone bars to make a tenor. I select clear, tight grained spruce and cut the braces so that the grain is vertical. That way you get maximum strength and stiffness with very thin wood.
these pieces now all need to be shaped. that is when the band saw and years of whittling on the beach pays off.
Here is what it looked like in front of my whittling chair.