Finger Plane Carving the Braces

The finger plane. A tiny, but effective luthier tool.

The finger plane. A tiny, but effective luthier tool.

I had virtually no wood working experience before meeting Randy Spencer. This man is a genius and can build anything. Beyond that, he has the patients to teach! What a guy. Ok onto the endless carving of braces.

Meet the finger plane. This guy is very handy and will become your friend over time. You really need to have a delicate touch and yet deliberate forcefulness is needed to cut into the wood. I became a sculptor.

There is a serious learning curve involved in artistic craftsmanship. You don’t just have a special gift for this work, you have to make mistakes, learn and practice. There is not a limit to skill. Only personal effort limits you.

Adding a scallop to the X-brace.

Adding a scallop to the X-brace.

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