Hey y'all! This is the second theatre production I've ever participated in, and I'm doing scenic stuff this time! I don't know as much as I wish I did about carpentry, but it's been super fun to be able to make cool stuff and get to know everyone! I don't know what I should be writing about, so I think I'll talk a bit about what I did at our first work party.
Everyone in scenic had to get power tool training, and after that we were told to make a table as some sort of a test/practice. We didn't really know where to start and just kinda sat there for a bit and considered how to even attach the legs, but soon we all got to work and ended up making an actual functioning table! We didn't really know what we were doing, but it was definitely good that we did that because now we know a bit more about what we should consider when making stuff. For me, personally, I've realized four main things:
1.) Before we made a table, we probably should have actually looked at one for reference
2.) We also should have thought about how to make a table balanced and stable instead of just thinking about how to make it look like a table.
3.) I could stand to improve at making tables
4.) Once you make a thing, it's really hard not to notice it EVERYWHERE. At this point, whenever I see a table that looks a little different from what I'm used to, I have to resist the urge to look underneath it and see how the legs are attached and what keeps it stable. I am haunted by them.
Overall, our table wasn't what I would define as "high quality," or "good," but it can hold a solid amount of weight without breaking, so I'd say it serves its purpose.
Learning how to do stuff like this has been really fun and interesting, and it makes me wish I joined theatre sooner. It's been great (and a little chaotic) so far, and I'm really excited to see how things are gonna turn out.