Day 1 and 2: Drawing of plans starting from a beautiful red sitar of Tine, specially built for her by Hari Chand.
Day 3: Selecting and dividing the wood. Some wood was bought a few years earlier in Puurs (CMB). One large piece of walnut, several pieces of Honduras mahogany and two pieces of African mahogany. + Drawing of rough pieces for body and neck.
Day 4: Rough sawing and glueing of the body. Completely made out of walnut. One back and one front are glued.
Day 5 : Further glueing of the body pieces from walnut. Another back and two fronts now ready and glued. One more night of drying…
Day 6 : Drawing, sawing and gluing of the top of the neck. Two pieces made out of mahogany and one out of walnut.
Day 7 : Drawing, sawing and glueing of the heads. All three are made out of mahogany. One will also get a top in walnut. + Drawing and sawing of the neck. Two pieces of African mahogany sawn at an angle, ready for gluing on the heads. The third piece, which was a bit too thin, has been made thicker at the back with surplus walnut.
Here the necks’ bottoms in African mahogany.
These are the rough tops of the neck.
And, here is a head drying between the glue sticks.