Ihle Violins

Beauty may happen in the dynamics of lines, in the tension between strength and fragility, in the shimmering game between light and shadow ... This is what I love about violin making.

Tracing it back

Sure, I must have made more scroll templates in the past 20 years then the classical Cremonese makers combined in their 200 year history ... at least it feels like it and I have decided to change something!

Kevin Kelly scroll design method (no 0; 3/8) drawn by Ben

Kevin Kelly scroll design method (no 0; 3/8) drawn by Ben

The difference in the measurements amongst the Strad scrolls is small and random enough that, in my view they can be traced back to two templates. Following the Kevin Kelly design method, I have now created my own template, which is a neat geometrical drawing astonishingly similar to the strad scrolls I like most.

 

 

Background image by Sophie Lewisohn.