This past weekend, I worked on staining the second instrument. Because the shape of this second guqin is known as 落霞 (descending crimson clouds), I decided to color it brilliant red tossed in dark and stormy skies. Under the sunlight, some parts are like a rich burgundy. After getting the stain just right, I shaped and inset the pearl inlay with the help of small chisels and carving knives. Now, it’s a matter of applying coat after coat, with sanding in between.
The next step will involve drilling holes for the strings to pass through and making the tuning pegs.