Lens holder was made of wood. Though there would/may be small wood movement (expansion & contraction.... ? specific for palm wood?), I would think lens' alignment would not, may not remain stable/accurate, as climate conditions change.
Neat project, though, if for nothing else but can-do the task.
As someone who uses an all wooden field camera of this same general type, I gotta tell
you, it's the glass that's doing all the work :)
My camera was handmade out of QS Honduran Mahogany by the now-defunct Wisner camera
company. It's a work of art and has given me almost 2 decades of joy to use:
I was a little disappointed. Used glass lens with various aperture
Had it been a pinhole camera I would have been satisfied with the
"lens made out of wood" as it is the lens was glass, not resins from
woods, or even sap.
Now the mind wanders....rose colored resin, quick frozen in a mold,
final shaping and then the timed photo. Might even be a safe war to
create a retina?
Shellac a "byproduct" of wood could make a lens.
Nice looking wood work though.
I've got a Zeroimage (http://www.zeroimage.com /), which is a beautiful
wooden box, but the lens is 100% brass[*]. The shutter is wood, however.
I've also got an 1880s teak camera with a wooden shutter, but brass
lens holders and glass lenses. The shutter on that one sits right in
front of the plate holder and is a little larger than the plate.
This is a topic that the Homemade Lens group on flickr might be able to
offer advice about.
[*] will accept corrections to the effect that is is a hole in the brass
I have an ancient(1880's ?) 5x7 plate camera that was my
great-grandfather's. In that the main spring driving the shutter blades
is wood! A thin piece, looks hand carved, that gets bent when you cock
the shutter, springs back when you fire it. I've never timed it (for one
thing I just don't like to exercise it too much, it seems pretty
delicate to me) but just imagine having to take humidity into account
when "guessing" what the shutter speed will be!
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