Johnmasters Posted May 31, 2018 Report Share Posted May 31, 2018 Since I am controversial, I will say that I prefer this outline to many Strads. I don't like the squarish bouts of some Strads, and the curves of the Bergonzi are well ... more curvey. A circle gives only curvature. I believe a good outline has continuously changing curvatures. Of course, you can use a LOT of circle to do this. (It is like the many many cycloids used before Newton proved the elipse in planet orbits.) I made my own viola patterns after many repetitions. One can block out areas with circles or even rectangles to get the basic proportions right. Then it is free-hand to make the final shapes. I dare say that in finishing an arch, most people rub their hands over the surface to find discontinuities in curvature. The hand can feel these, and the idea is to eliminate sudden changes in curvature (analogous tor trying to mate up tangent circles.) Has anyone found evidence that any Cremona makers stricktly stuck to any kind of geometric drawing involving only circles? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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