Shaping & Carving the Headstock & Heel-Block

The headstock is mahogany with laminations of maple and rosewood both horizontally and vertically.

The heel block starts as a solid square mahogany block roughed to shape with a band saw and belt sander.  The rib slots are hand-cut with a saw  before carving begins.

The neck, headstock joint, and heel-block are then hand carved to finish with chisels, a carpenter’s rasp and files.  Due to clamping needs, the Spanish style of construction is such that the middle area of the neck is not carved until after the body is finished.

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