The back of the violin is traditionally made of maple. More commonly the back is also made of a piece that is cut in half and then opened like a book and joined in the middle to create a “book matched” joint. However, my piece of maple is large enough to use as a single piece back. As seen below the maple is highly figured (flamed). First, I started by planing the wood and getting it roughly flat.
The back was thick enough that a fair amount of wood would have been wasted getting it to the initial thickness, so I took it to the bandsaw and re-sawed it. Now there’s an extra piece of very pretty maple for another project.
I drew the corners by hand to avoid them looking rounded and I also added the top “button.” Here the violin is fully outlined.