Wood is the traditional material used in scenic construction & scenery building, mainly due to its cost and ease of use. Traditional 3×1 mortice and tennon flats are the staple to theatre scenery, however due to costs most scenery companies are choosing the ‘on-edge’ method. We build using both methods, and NEVER use wiggle pins!
Our scenery looks as good from the back as it does the front! They can be soft clad flats including the Bolton and serge masking type flats or clad in Ply/MDF to be painted.
Carpentry in theatre can often be more ‘joinery’ such as staircases, with timber baluster rails, doors, both 2×1 on edge lightweight and solid timber doors, sash windows, flooring units suitable for tours and quick get-ins.
The finer elements of scenery are often timber based and add that extra level of detail. (Although normally it gets covered over with a load of artex or idenden-!)
We have invested in our own CNC router to facilitate intricate fret-work/carving and the more modern construction methods speeding the process up and ultimately reducing costs. It’s been a triumph and is constantly whizzing about doing something.