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Hi! I'm a beginner who is trying to make a viola. I've tried bending the C-bout ribs, but slightly burned a single piece (the right one in the image). Would this burn be removable by slightly using some sandpaper, or would it remain there? Do you have any suggestions on how to remove (or take care of) this burn? Or do you recommend re-doing the ribs with another piece of wood? Thanks a lot in advance :)
I haaaate ripples along the grain in cello ribs. The ribs I bent are supposedly all from the same chunk of tree, so I don't understand why some of them got the strong wrinkle and some not at all. Makes me want to blame the wood rather than my technique. So I guess my question has two parts: 1. Looking at unbent ribs, are there any signs that can tell if one's going to be a ripple-prone rib? Is it variation in grain? Did I thickness unevenly? Does it have something to do with seasoning? 2. Does anyone have some technique tips to share on minimizing the ripple? Photo comparing the two C-bouts below.... one has a nasty wrinkle and one does not, though they are from the same piece of wood. (This is my first cello.)