10/3/2000 “(1) shows the back and top for the cello smoothed from rough timber to straight sides, etc. The top is from Englemann Spruce and the back is Oregon Big Leaf Maple. This is approximately how the wood comes to me from my supplier, if not quite this smooth.
In (2), the back and top have been sawed in equal halves and opened like a book, thus “book-matched”. The two halves of each will now be planed to form a center seam, it is hoped so closely and carefully fit that the actual joint line becomes invisible.
(3) shows me sweating the fine points. One half of the cello top [in this case, back process is the same] is supported by a stool, whilst being held firmly in place, as the two halves are worked and checked and rechecked a million times. The plane is a so-called jointer plane, 24″ long. The blade in this plane must be kept razor sharp to accomplish mating surfaces as perfectly fit as possible.”