finished up the bowstem last night and started planing down the ends of the 3/8 ply for the scarph.
Around Christmas, I was trying to decide on a power planer or a smooth bench plane to do the scarphs..... I went with the smooth bench plane, and glad I did. Although I probably could have knocked out the whole scarph in 30 min with the power plane, I found that hand planing is quite enjoyable. I spent about 45-60 min on the planing last night, and am about 2/3 done. I probably could have finished it up, but I wanted to be 'fresh' so as to get the scarph nice and even.