Analog Photographer, Printmaker

The Capulana Camera

Having built the 16×20″ camera from a wood species chosen for its beautiful grain rather than its practicality I ended up with a glorious camera that weighed 28Kg without either the ground glass or darkslide in place. As a field camera this won’t be much use without an assistant. I had to rethink the plan…

Building the 16×20: The Body

The stock for the front and rear standard are first machined to size, the dovetails and marked out and hand-cut. The groove to accept the back and ground glass is machined on the rear standard sides. The standards are first tested with a dry-fit and the corners marked with bits of masking tape as pencil is…

Building the 16×20: The Base

The size of the base was determined by the measured bellows extension and the width of the finished standards. The standards both sit on a sub-base panel. For the front standard this is fixed and simply slots into place fixed at the front of the camera. The rear sub-base has tongues along the edges that slide…

Building the 16×20: The Bellows

I started out making a 10×12 sliding box camera as a prototype in pine. I completed the whole camera and almost finished the double-darkslide when I stopped and decided I’d learnt enough to put the saw to some hardwood. The real reason I didn’t bother to finish it is that I couldn’t acheive what I really wanted in…

The End of the Apprenticeship

Finally the end of the 6-month apprenticeship with Thomas Erikson, Swedish Master Cabinetmaker and fellow coffee lover. The cabinet is finally ready for oiling… And the first of 5 coats of oil is applied. This is Danish oil, starting at 60:40 turpentine:oil and increasing the amount of oil in the mix until the fifth and final…

Drawer Fitting

The second apprentice piece, the cabinet in Umbila, is almost finished. Today it was time to assemble the draweres, fitting the bases to width first, then glueing on the based to the sides. The base is housed in a groove at the rear of each drawer front, unglued. Once the bases of the drawers are fitted…

The Second Apprentice Piece

For the second apprentice piece, an ongoing project, we have been building a tool cabinet in Umbila. This wood has a beautiful grain and looks like something between walnut and oak. The sides are dovetailed together: Then the carcase sides were glued up which was a bit of a struggle. On dry-fitting the pieces it…

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