The peg head is sawn to rough shape with a Japanese style saw. Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke so they are easy to control. They also cut with great precision and leave the surface of the wood relatively smooth.
Once the sides are sawn I use a coping saw to cut the curved areas of the peghead and clean them up with a rasp.
in the mold that holds everything together.
It’s starting to look like a dulcimer!