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Illustrated Theatre Production Guide by John Holloway

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CHAPTER 16

FULL-SCALE PATTERNS

Full-scale patterns are used to produce work that does not lend itself to an ordinary cut list. Some units of scenery are so oddly shaped that the normal methods are simply not possible. This frequently occurs when lots of angles are used, or if the shapes are curved. The full-scale pattern technique allows you to mark framing parts directly from the patterns, or in some cases the pattern is marked on plywood that becomes a part of the unit. Most of these techniques have been touched on in other chapters, but it seems best to organize them all in one place. Theatre scenery tends to have very fanciful shapes and profiles that require the builder to be more inventive than carpenters engaged in general construction. ...

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