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Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques by Chuck Gloman, Rob Napoli

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Chapter 2

What Are They Made Of?Scenic Construction Materials

Wood

Wood Doesn't Just Grow on Trees. Wait, It Does

Wood, as we all know, is harvested from trees. And we all know the basic parts of a tree: roots, trunk, branches, and leaves. The trunk, being the thickest part, is the one that various wooden boards are harvested from. In this chapter, we discuss these types of boards. But before we do, let's think about how a tree works and how that affects a board's strength.

An oversimplification of how a tree works goes like this: The roots suck up the stuff that a tree needs to grow, such as water and minerals, the trunk sucks that stuff and sends it to the branches and leaves, and they transmit the stuff they photosynthesize back down to the ...

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