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Carving a scroll - step by step - part XII

July 2, 2009 at 11:26 PM

I continue refinishing with my shaped scrapers. Now we have this:

The scroll is an sculpture work, it's tridimentional, so it most be beautifull in all  angles:








Here I'm cleaning the scroll with a shaped scrap:


Here I'm using a thick needle to clean this area:

From Anthony Barletta
Posted on July 3, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I am in awe of your craft and artistry.  Thank you for posting these wonderful step by step photos that allow for an even greater appreciation of the process.  I'm going to go and give my violin a great big hug now.



From Royce Faina
Posted on July 3, 2009 at 7:20 PM

The scroll seems to be handled by the hands quite a bit.  Can the natural oils from the hands & fingers/thumbs affect the varnishing?

From Fyoder Larue
Posted on July 3, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Such beautiful lines.  But how do you know when to stop with the upwards spiral?  I've seen pictures of some violins where the final nubbin at the top of the scroll is quite small, and while I've never seen it, I suppose theoretically it could not exist at all if the spiraling continued long enough.

From Rosalind Porter
Posted on July 3, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Very cool, it is so impressive looking at the scroll head-on and seeing how perfectly symmetrical it is on both sides.   Is this scroll based on a particular maker or model?  

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 12:15 AM



Posted on July 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Thanks! Our hands  are a bit abrasive when we touch too much a wooden object, and there are chemicals in our hands that may react with the wood.  

As I've mentioned, there are many scroll styles. This scroll is based on Andrea Guarneri, the viola that belonged to Primrose. 

From Terez Mertes
Posted on July 7, 2009 at 6:49 PM

 Beautiful! And beautiful photography!

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