Carpentry has been used by prop builders since at least the Ancient Greeks. Compared to other materials, wood is cheap. The tools needed to work it are inexpensive and easy to learn as well. It is relatively strong and can mimic a wide range of other materials. For these reasons, it is a staple in practically every prop shop, from bare-bones summer stock theatres to high-tech film fabrication studios.

The lumber from a tree comes in boards, planks, and sheets of all sorts of thicknesses, widths, and lengths. We can also buy lumber in different shapes, such as dowels, pegs, blocks, disks, rings, and any number of carved shapes and moldings. In addition to lumber, many sheet goods are made from wood and wood by-products, ...

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