THERE IS LOTS OF FUSSY WORK involved with these pinecone engraved plates and getting the necks to a shape that feels just right, but that is the fun of it I guess. I use machinery when I can to speed things up, but it always comes down to hand work and patience. Here we go, roughing out the Pinecone shape.
It really speeds things up to chew away the excess neck wood with the band saw. You can do it with a coping saw but it takes a whole lot longer.
After chewing away with the band saw you have it down to the fine detail. Now a fine toothed rasp, small files, are ready to do the job.
Now comes the fine detail work of shaping the pinecone neck with a fine rasp. This can all take a long days night to get to the right point. One of the tools that I find very helpful at this stage is the bow sander. This is a home made tool and ought to be in every shop
Here it is at work; Make yourself one they are a marvelous sanding device if you want nice sexy curves.