What's the reason for the custom wood? Does it add something to the function of the tripod?
Looks lovely, but hope the finish doesn't fail. With that kind of wood, a good teak oil would
be vastly preferable to a surface coating, which will inevitably peel - it certainly does on
their maple tripods (not that I care - my Ries takes a beating). Hope they make more of those beauties!
The Sapele version looks gorgeous !
Ries's new website introduces four new tropical hardwood wood types, in addition to the traditional Maple - Araranga (like Berlebach's nut brown), Babinge, Jatoba, and the Sapelle shown above. They all look great, but at quite a price, take a look at the site, they've done a good job updating it.
I don't recall handling sapelle lately, but always thought it was denser than maple. Bubinga is one of the densest woods....right up there with ebony and lignum vitea, that they make mallets out of. That will be one hefty tripod...sort of like the surveyor's type. I'll keep my fiber carbon. Agree, that is one cool looking tripod.
Thanks all! Im still very happy with my tripod and everyone who sees is always get baffled when I tell them itīs brand new. When I bought mine and didnīt know anything about Sapele Ries told me itīs african mahoganey.