Carving the Scroll: Day 1

Friday, July 20th, 2001


To the left is a little jig to help support the scroll as I am working on it. I also hold the neck in my Versa-Vise when I'm making the saw cuts.

I forgot to take a photo of the lines I drew on the scroll, marking the width of the innermost scroll. These are the lines I am sawing down to, below, to rough out the ramps of the scroll. After I saw down to the line, I saw along that ramp line, thus freeing a wedge of wood from the scroll.

When I got to the stage shown below, I drew a new line, about 4mm above the lower level, to mark the new ramp height. My next saw cuts were down to that new line.


Here is the rough scroll, after about four hours or so of work. After sawing the ramps out, wedge-by-wedge, I then trimmed away the corners formed by the sawcuts. I used a flat file to smooth out the ramps and to round out the scroll curves.

There is still much more to do on the scroll, more carving and refining. That will be tomorrow's job! This was not as hard as I thought it would be! It was fun.


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