Making Stage Props is a book for anyone involved in prop-making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them.
Supported by over 200 photographs and drawings, the book covers:
Planning, costing and scheduling
Tools and workshop facilities, and detailed health & safety information
Cutting, shaping and turning wood
Making and repairing furniture
Cutting, bending & welding mild steel
Modelling in clay and other materials
Making moulds in plaster and flexible mould compounds
Casting and laminating with polyester, epoxy and urethane resins, latex and other materials
Carving, turning and finishing polystyrene
Stage upholstery techniques
Painting, gilding and other finishes
As a freelance prop maker, Andy Wilson has worked for companies throughout Britain, ranging from the smallest touring companies to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and from contemporary dance to commercial pantomime. He has also been Master Carpenter for several regional rep theatres and built puppets and fire sculptures for large outdoor events. He currently teaches prop making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.