This is one of the best stages in making a cello. I am arching the top plate. The spruce cuts easily and the graceful curves gradually appear. I have control over the contours, and I'm trying to decide exactly what I want. There's a lot of concentration at this stage. I am creating an arch that resembles my previous cello in hopes that I get a similar result. The next step is to ensure that arching of the 2 halves of the top are symmetrical. That will have to wait, as I need to be freshly rested to do such precise work.