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Scrollwork refers to intricate curves that form a spiral, much like the end of an unfurling parchment scroll. Scrollwork can be fashioned from wood, metal or porcelain, engraved or carved into an existed piece or added as a decorative touch to furniture. For woodworkers, the aptly named scroll saw is the tool of choice to create this effect as its thin blade will make the narrow cuts necessary for such delicate ornamentation.
A carved-wood spiral, or volute, placed at the top of a newel post is the scrollwork feature that finishes the end of this wood banister.
This is an example of traditional scrollwork found on a carved-wood corbel.
Here, a volute provides the finishing touch on the arms of a gilded bench.
Metal scrollwork forms the panels of this staircase railing.
This whimsical carved-wood coffee table features scrolled legs.
Nailheads were used to create a scrollwork pattern on an upholstered wing chair.
Intricate cuts were needed to make these delicate scrolls from mosaic tile.
A hand-forged metal banister railing is finished off with a scrollwork design.