The geometry of violin outlines: Proportional representation

Leslie Wyatt Cover March 1990

In this article from March 1990, Leslie Wyatt offers a rational and coherent geometrical method for the construction of an inner form outline and for sizing and positioning the f-holes, to break free from the traditional slavish reproduction of classical instruments

Stylistic copying and accurate reproduction of classical instruments is generally the way most contemporary makers are taught and by which most make their living. Opinions have been expressed recently however, that this slavish, indiscriminate copying of classical instruments is producing sterile, uniform work which lacks originality and any distinctive style*. In an age where innovation is a mark of sophistication and success it is not surprising that some makers feel frustrated at the lack of encouragement to experiment with instrument design and to create original work which will set them apart…

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