Well, there’s no denying it: I am a novice, and these things happen. My first attempt at a centre-rib proved to be unsatisfactory.

I have made a second version, and must now  adjust all the other ribs, so that they form a watertight lute shell. (Watertight is probably not the correct term, but that’s the way I think of the  process).

Slowly and unsurely the bits and pieces come together. I am still confident a musical instrument of some sort will emerge – and as I follow the Curve, I find myself having to learn (if not master) new skills, and old skills….


2 thoughts on “LEARNING CURVE 2”

  1. Clearly you dont subscribe to the maxim ‘near enough is good enough’. (like myself)
    Even if not technically ‘watertight’ Im sure the lute would still sound angelic. It has a sound hole at the front, whats wrong with a few more tiny sound holes at the back?
    Just joking of course. 🙂

    1. Thanks Ian. The Rose or Rosette in the soundboard will be an interesting exercise – it does require a high level of precision.

      As for the current task: it can be difficult, without a Master on hand, to know what level of accuracy is required. I suppose I will have to discover that for myself by simply making more lutes.

      I like to think that the lute-making process will be easier next time round….

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