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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    Quote Originally Posted by kameraobskura View Post
    Hereīs two more pictures of the tripod working in the field..
    Sweet

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    What's the reason for the custom wood? Does it add something to the function of the tripod?

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher D. Keth View Post
    What's the reason for the custom wood? Does it add something to the function of the tripod?
    See post #5...

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    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!

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    The Sapele version looks gorgeous !

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    Quote Originally Posted by kameraobskura View Post
    Will, the quality of the sapele wood is comparable to the hardrock maple. I wanted something to match my mahogany camera and Ries offered to make me this one because they were testing wood options at the time I contacted them.
    Actually, Sapele is related to mahogany (It's in the same family). Mahogany or Sapele make very nice furniture and guitars, and their color is what you see; nice medium dark reddish brown. A little oxidizer and it gets even darker, and will never change colors. Maple is often shockingly white, and very heavy.

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    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.

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    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.

    Les

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    Re: New Ries tripod with custom wood (Sapele)

    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.

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