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How were decorative rosettes for viols and violins made? Over the past week or so I have scoured the internet for information on this subject, but found nothing. I know the ornamental parchment roses on early guitars and lutes are made separately and installed later. On violin and viol family instruments (I'm thinking about bass instruments in particular) were they carved directly into the plate or were they a separate piece that was inlaid into a simple hole cut into the top? I have found several lovely examples on viols on www.orpheon.org. I very much appreciate any insight anyone could