New Beginnings – Part I
Bringing an 8″ x 10″ wooden folding camera back to life from scavenged parts . . .
So what does a photographer do when he is bored? Well he does the obvious, he goes big, old and fun. My latest project camera this beautiful beginnings to an 8″ x 10″ Eastman Kodak 2-D folding field camera. Complete front and rear standards anyway, it still needs the main rail and bellows just to be a functional camera body. Why? Tim ! . . . . why? well because it is 8″ x 10″ and what better then this to make paper negatives that can be direct printed “Contact Printed”.So here I go with a totally new project camera . . . I have a focusing back & bellows on their way as well as the wooden folding bottom rail. I will have to fit the bellows into the rear and front standards (that means screws, nails and possibly glue), but before that bellows can be attached I will have to ensure everything else is functioning. So we start by gathering the parts . . . you have to start somewhere 🙂
The basic to-do list
- Gather the parts
- clean and repair all minor / major damage as required
- decide if refinishing is required, aren’t we just purdy
- the Brass, clean, polish and re lacquer or leave as is
- ensure all parts are functioning
- make new view screen if required
- install bellows . . . puttin on your red dress!!
- make a standard lens board
- make a lens board adapter for the smaller 4″ x 4″ boards
- test and check for light leaks and repair as required
- go shoot some test shots . . . taking this Gal out on the town
- have a beer and enjoy this wonderful working tool
So there you have it, doesn’t sound like much but believe me . . . . that’s enough.
More to follow
Part II – Parts is Parts
Part III – Clean them bones
Part IV – The RED Bellows
Part V – Shine on you crazy 2-D
Part VI – Are we Light Tight
Part VII – We be shootin
anyway that’s the plan for my newest paper waster (paper Negatives that is) . . . with this post you are as up to date as I am.
Get off your butt and go out and shoot!!!