Trade Secrets: Making a scroll cast using foam

2 A negative is made

An efficient method of casting a scroll that eliminates the need for silicone rubber

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By Mark Schnurr

Luthier based in Flesherton, Ontario, Canada

The following method for making scroll templates is something that I developed for workshop use when making bench copies, if there are time constraints when it comes to access to the original instrument.

The practice of copying violins has been around for centuries, and that process generally begins by making drawings and taking measurements of the original. While tracing the outline of the front and back are fairly straightforward, the scroll presents more difficult challenges because of the dimensionality of the shape, and it cannot simply be traced…

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