We call this instrument "Walking Blues Guitar". The body is similar to a tenor ukulele, but the neck is very long in comparison. It is usually tuned in open G - fine for blues - and it is also small, so it is perfect as a travel instrument.
Top being "lasered".
Shape model for bending the sides - We use a heat gun to heat the sheet.
The sides are already glued to the top - now bindings for the bottom are glued on. good to have a mold.