But they are getting close.
In the last few days the bindings have been installed, the end pieces fitted and the heel plates installed, and lots of sanding and prep work has been done. Here is how it went.
Gluing on the bindings.
Cutting and fitting the koa end piece.
The end piece glued.
A little more sanding and the end piece will look good.
And now for the heel caps, Each one is three pieces glued one on top of another.
Two hours later it is time to start whittling them into shape.
And here is the first one, Final carving comes tomorrow, but a lot accomplished. Next comes the fretboard.