I’ve cut and installed the corner and end blocks on the mold with just a dab of glue, so when I remove the mold, they release easily. These are what the ribs (sides) attach to. The blocks are made of willow because of its lightness and the added benefit that it is a fairly straight grained wood which makes cutting with the inside gouge an easy task.
I then drew the points and top and bottom using the template. These are two different violins – reason for two templates.
Using the inside gouge (newly sharpened btw!) I then trimmed the inside bouts first. This is so the outside part of the block reinforces the middle bout after it’s bent. When I trim the outside it will also trim the inside rib leaving a nice clean line for the outside to butt against.
Here I’m trimming the outside points and getting them ready for the next phase – bending and attaching the lower and upper bouts.
Points trimmed and ready for the bouts.
Bending the upper and lower bouts.
-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I