Scrollwork describes intricate curves that form a spiral, much like the conclusion of an unfurling parchment scroll. Scrollwork could be fashioned from wood, metal or porcelain, engraved or carved into an existed bit or added as a decorative touch to furniture. For woodworkers, the aptly termed scroll saw is the tool of choice to create this effect because its thin blade can make the narrow cuts required for such delicate ornamentation.

FGY Architects

A carved-wood spiral, or volute, placed at the peak of a newel post is your scrollwork quality that completes the conclusion of this wood banister.

R.S. Stapleton Company – Custom Cabinetry

This is an example of scrollwork discovered on a corbel.


Here, a volute provides the finishing touch on the arms of a gilded seat.

Birdseye Design

Metal scrollwork creates the panels of this staircase railing.


This whimsical carved-wood coffee table includes scrolled legs.

Coddington Design

Nailheads were utilized to create a scrollwork pattern in an upholstered wing chair.

Milk and Honey Design

Intricate cuts were needed to produce these delicate scrolls from mosaic tile.

Grizzly Iron

A alloy banister railing is finished off with a scrollwork design.

Rick O’Donnell Architect

In addition to the scroll, this piece features elaborate carvings.

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