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I am currently making a viola d'Amore but have been daunted by the bend in the flat back. Today I spent most of the day practicing it with maple but had limited success. Any advice would be appreciated! The process I've been trying is scoring an initial line with a knife and then using a v- shaped scraper made from an old band saw blade to deepen the channel. The wood thickness is about 4.5 mm and I've tried leaving between 1-2 mm of material under the channel. I then wet cotton or paper towel on the channel and put it against a cello bending iron. The issues I've been having are mostly delaminations on the outside or it breaking entirely. Is there a better way to support the back so it doesn't delaminate? The v shape in the scraper was initially too wide but I think I have managed to get it much closer now.