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    Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    I have decided to buy a brand new Chamonix F1 camera from Hugo.

    Which wood is better, Teak or Maple?

    Thanks,
    Terry

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    The photos from my Maple F1 is at least 10 times better than the teak model...

    No seriously, what do you expect to hear? They are about the same weight, same hardness? So it's really a choice of colors?!!! I like mine, but god knows what color I ordered ;-) I don't remember!

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    Teakmaple

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    Teak has coarser fibers but it's more water resistant. Maple has finer, smoother texture. If I had to guess, in this application I'd pick maple.

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    Maple is very dense, white, and hard. You won't scratch it easily, if ever.

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    Mahogany

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    Depends on what specific kind of "teak" or "maple" is involved, and also how correctly it was cured before fabrication, then sealed afterwards. Otherwise, I'd call
    it more of an aesthetic decision. Same goes for "mahogany", which would be lighter weight but more easily damaged; but gosh knows how many different kinds of
    wood goes under that name. There just isn't much real pattern grade Honduras mahogany left in the world.

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    We drifted into discussing mahogany, but the question was 'teak or maple'.

    As mentioned, the figuring of the particular sample is most important (to me) when choosing between maple and teak. Ordering blind is a risk. Teak would be my favorite, all things equal. Maple would be great if I could see the wood pieces and choose. Maple Burl is great. Our local mill won't let any but guild members choose.

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    In general, teak is a more structurally stable wood than maple ( I'm assuming sugar maple).

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    Re: Which wood for a Chamonix F1 is better ... Teak or Maple?

    If I was buying a Chamonix I would buy the maple because my Ries tripod is maple. I think it would match better than the teak. Teak is pretty too though.

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