Now that the seams are reinforced from the inside, I can remove the tape from the outside of the lute body, and clean up each rib where it meets its neighbor.

Once again, a simple wood scraper should do the trick.

Thereafter, I must shape and install the end clasp – and then….but that is enough for now.

As Dad used to say about boat-building: one job at a time, bit by bit, and all things in due succession….