We use several different type of wood depending on how you want your weapon prop.
#2 Pine: Has knots and is bumpy #1 PineL No knots and is smooth. $10 more.
Poplar: Extremely sturdy, at least twice as heavy as #1 pine, won't break or snap. Often runs between $2.50-$5.25 per foot.
1/4" Furniture Grade Plywood 1/2" Furniture Grade Plywood
3/4" Furniture Grade Plywood
I have been working on weapon props since 2007. I have a very vivid imagination as well as experience in the shop working with wood, metal, leather, pipes, etc. We have sold over 300 weapon props over the year and now take it to the next level with a shopping site.
I won an Honorary Mention award for Weapon Props at Anime NEXT back in 2009.
Recently have been awarded a Major Award of Best in Props at Anime Boston 2011 for my magnetic Buster Sword on my back.
If you'd like to follow me I'm on facebook as well.
Manami Azuma first appeared as the mascot for Azumacon back in 2009-2010. Although the convention never took off the ground she has now settled down with her creator at Wonderful World of Weapon Props and she tries very hard to help any way that she can.
Manami Azuma =^_^=
Official Mascott of Azumacon