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    Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    Iíve just bought a lovely timber 8x10 French made timber camera.

    Itís a little sad and needs a few new bits. But itís a great camera with lots of potential. Iím going to retrofit it into a 10x10.

    I would really like to know if anybody has a list of recommend timber camera parts suppliers?

    Examples of things Iím looking for would be custom bellows, old style brass fittings and timber screws, felt tape etc.

    Thanks

    Luke

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    Re: Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    Custom Bellows in Birmingham , U.K will make any camera bellows you want , to your specifications.

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    Re: Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    Without seeing any photos, I would suggest this is an 18x24cm camera - not 8x10 inch camera. I have quite a few of these - both French and German - and might be able to help.

    Walnut (European version) is the most common wood used on French cameras and they usually have Dealer plaques, rather than the workshop maker.

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    Re: Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    Hi Steven,

    Yes you are correct! I just ran the tape measure over it. It is actually a 18x24cm but I'm fine with that as it will be for wet plate. I'm going to attempt to turn it into a 24x24 as I really like the square format.

    It has a plate saying it's a Union camera made in Paris.

    If you can help with bits and pieces that would be great.

    Would you know what timber those cameras are generally made from? It is a rather light colour.

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    Re: Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    The colour is very dependent on finish - oil, wax or lacquer - and whether it has been exposed to the sun for weeks/years.
    Union doesn't ring a bell, but the same camera may have been sold under another name.

    "Turn the bellows" cameras are usually walnut, or sometimes, teak with an oil finish. Photos please!

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    Pete Oakley
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    Re: Timber camera parts suppliers please?

    Another plug for Custom Bellows, great people to deal with.
    Pete.

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