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Volutes: Awesome Spiral Scrolls

Gourd Tendril
Gourd Tendrils by Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd
Woodland Snail Shells #snail #spiral #shell #volute
Woodland Snail Shells by Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd

Lynn of UnaOdd posted this photo of gourd tendrils, and I was happy to introduce her the wonderful word volute which happens to be one of my favorite forms.  I first found the name for the swirls I gravitate toward in a book by Franklin Gottshall, Design for the Craftsman, and in my craft geekiness was giddy to know this shape has a name.  It’s from the Latin voluta, meaning spiral scroll.  I am enjoying Lynn’s Woodland Snail shell volutes now.

Volutes via Tagote on Flicker

Not to mention the ironwork volutes I saw attached to Violin in the Sky, and the scroll that crowns the violin itself.

What are your favorite volutes?


Mosaic Gazing Ball Detail
Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon

Related Post:

Franklin Gottshall, Swirls and Volutes

Sophia Spiral by Wayne Stratz
Sophia Spiral by Wayne Stratz


More photos on my Volutes Pinterest Board.

Over at Stratoz:

Sophia Spiral


  1. Lynn/UnaOdd says:

    Oh yes! I saw your title and immediately thought of your introducing me to the term! :^) I’ve been using it as a tag quite a bit now and I thank you for that! Lovely volutes on your gazing ball and Wayne’s Sophia Spiral.

  2. Deidre says:

    When I doodle, I almost always doodle spirals. My old housemate was a violin maker and I was always fascinated how she formed the scroll on her viola!

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