An upcoming show has four windows that the designer wants to fit with operable shutters. These are your typical louvered shutters, fake versions of which you see on suburban homes all over the place. Example Here. Except in our case, the designer wants them to be operable, and since they're single-leaf, both sides will be seen. They're also a non-standard size (11"x44"), so they'll have to be shop-built. In the past, when only one side gets seen, I've built them as a pine and lauan 'pan' with lauan strips laid in, which is a great, easy, sturdy method, but doesn't work when both sides need to be seen, nor do they pass light like real louvered shutters do.
I think we can get away with having them not pass light, but I need a way to make these shutters look real on both sides.
Assume for the moment that the designer is not willing to compromise and we can't afford to have custom shutters made.
(In real life for our production, the designer has agreed to painted detail on the back, and a 'simulated louver' design on the front, but for the sake of discussion, assume you need shutters that are fully realistic on both sides)