Salve Håkedal's on-line tutorial, I am tryng to carve Hardanger f-holes. He has placed a fair number of nice photos there, but even so, I am having a hard time understanding some details of the geometry. So the carving is painfully slow. Cut a bit away. Look at it. Look at Salve's photos. Turn the top around. Look again. Cut a little more away. Curse under my breath. Look. Cut. And so on.
The overlapping stems make it tough to carve. Slice a bit away with a knife. I have a bent knife which is actually fairly useful in some of the tight spots. I may still have too much overlap; perhaps the under portion is still too far inwards. That, however, can be remedied later, whereas if I cut too much away too soon, very hard to put back together.
I think they are finally starting to take shape. Being the first Hardanger I've attempted, I have so many, many things I don't know, every step is a learning experience. A slow learning experience.
Of course I'm doing this because I'm interested in the music. One thing I recently discovered, much to my surprise, is that the Norwegian state/public broadcasting, NRK, has an iPhone app where I can stream the Norwegian stations. They seem to have a very nice folk music station. Check it out.