Making a Violin Scroll
By Evelien Heeres, FdA Historic Craft Practices – Musical Instruments
My name is Evelien and I am studying musical instrument making at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The object that I am writing about is a violin scroll. I chose this object because I am currently practising carving scrolls in the workshop.
The violin scroll that I am copying is the Antonio Stradivari Maurin from 1718. The Maurin was made at the end of the so-called ‘Golden Period’. The scroll has a beautiful curl that curls evenly from the inside to the outside.
Scrolls are usually made of maple but the one that I am making is lime. I am doing this because lime is easier to carve than maple.
When making the scroll I started by drawing the scroll onto the wood. Then I cut the outline of the scroll out of the piece of wood. The next thing was to fill the scroll to the line making the scroll square and smooth. Then I used the template to draw the dots on the scroll so that I knew how the scroll would curl, and next I drew the centre line onto the scroll using a marking gauge and then I drew the width of the scroll using another template.