One more task for the borrowed chisel – cutting the groove for the saddle. I chose to use bone for both nut and saddle to keep things blond and it needs minimal shaping to be finished.

The slot is marked and carefully removed using a very sharp 1/2″ chisel –

This joint needs to be loose so that the top plate won’t split as it moves with normal age and environment changes, so perfection in this case is a bad thing 🙂

A little bit of clean-up and the slot will be ready to accept the saddle, but final gluing won’t  happen until after the fiddle has been varnished. You know I’ll be stringing it up to test it out “in the white” for the sake of comparison if nothing else…