This title is for anyone involved in prop-making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them. Supported by photographs and drawings, the book covers planning, costing and scheduling; tools and workshop facilities, and detailed health and safety information. Cutting, shaping and turning wood and making and repairing furniture is covered, plus modelling in clay and other materials; and making moulds in plaster and flexible compounds. Life casting along with casting and laminating with polyester, epoxy and urethane resins, latex and other materials are also explored. Practical and detailed advice is also offered on carving, turning and finishing polystyrene; stage upholstery techniques; and painting, gilding and other finishes.
Andy Wilson has been building props and scenery since the late 1970s. As a freelance prop-maker he worked for many companies throughout Britain including the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been Master Carpenter for several regional rep theatres. He currently teaches prop-making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.