(pronounced va-LOOT; rhymes with flute)
In its most simple terms, this beautiful word means a spiral or scroll-shaped form. This intricate form frequently occurs in nature due to its amazing structural strength (think shells and mollusks), and the Greeks recognized its beauty, adopting the delicate scroll shape as the distinguishing feature of the beloved Ionic capital. Skilled wood artisans will shape complicated volutes as decorative additions to furniture, cabinetry and trim. Yes, volutes are popular, and you should be able to recognize them.