Brescian-style instruments lend themselves to a freer style -- they are not subject to the same strict geometric and taste requirements as Cremonese models. Still, I wondered "am I too personal? rebellious? will this be considered too flashy? trashy?"
In the end, I arrived at something that I thought to be elegantly stylized and, for students of Eastern Philosophies like myself, somewhat evocative of their recurring themes; visible above: the evolution of an invisible idea into a two-dimensional template into a three-dimensional channel, coming to full fruition (excuse the pun) in the finished design.