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Carving a scroll - step by step - part XI

July 1, 2009 at 12:05 AM

Now I will shape the chin of the pegbox, mine is in the form of a half circle, following the Cremonese School, but some may be more oval shaped:


Now the chamfer, I'll do this with a small coarse file and refinish with a scraper. Keep the file in the same position, the chamfer may not be rounded or finished with sandpaper:


The two lines of the chamfer may run parallel, that's quite quite important. Here now I'm working with a small gouge to undercut the turns and reach the inner line of the chamfer.

In Italian the chamfer is called "nastrino", that is, little ribbon, and I like the idea of a little ribbon runing through the scroll.

The chamfer in old instruments may have become emaciated and desfigured by the abrasion of the player's hand,  it's hard to find a Del Gesù or a Stradivari that has preserved and crip chamfers on the scroll.

The chamfer varies in width, depending on its place.  It's a bit wider in the chin region and  in the end of the  turns, on the eye. Here I'm making a narrow chanfer in the eye region:


Here I'm undercutting again, preserving the inner line of the chamfer:


If you want, you may mark the lines of the chamfer with a simple marking tool like this. It's a scalpell knife glued in a piece of wood with sewing line and super glue. I'm not using this tool in this scroll, but I used it in the past:

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