I started out carving strum hollows by hand. After carving many strum hollows I thought I’d try using power tools to save some time.
The power tools did save me a little time but the cost was a lack of feeling more connected to the work. I simply prefer the quiet, hands-on time of using hand tools at the bench.
I mark out the area for the strum hollow, rough it out with a chisel, shape it with a rasp and clean it up with a file and scraper. The one in the photograph is about half done.
Fun, fun, fun!