A block of wutong ready for cutting
Guqin bodies are made by hollowing out a thick board for
the top and gluing a thinner board to it for the bottom. Various
woods are used for both the top and the bottom: Paulownia is the most
used for the top (as it is for most Asian instruments), and catalpa is
the wood of choice for the bottom. However, many other woods have been
used from antiquity to the present, including pine, fir, cedar, poplar,
and other woods.
The top and the bottom before joining
Once the body is completed, the feet and the soundposts are added.
A "ceremonial cap" and "dragon's gum" (the nut)
are added at the nut end
The bridge is inserted and shaped,
and feet are added.
finishing and adjusting (a story in itself), we finally can enjoy our