Thanks for this, Jeff. I must admit my only real experience with wooden tripods was a long time ago and with transits/ surveying. Seemed to me the tripods weighed about 25lb… May have to take another look!
My oldest/most abused tripod is a Cullman 2504 tripod. It’s getting close to 30 years old now and is slowly wearing down. One note on Cullman as a company though: A little over a decade ago a moving company managed to damage the clamp on one of the legs. Without holding out much hope I sent an e-mail to Cullman and asked if they might have any parts for a 25-year-old tripod. They sent me a parts diagram, I indicated what I needed, and they sent me replacements for free. Cullman is also from Germany; they make good stuff there. I may be a little biased since I was also born in Germany, but that’s beside the point. 🙂
Mike Nelson Pedde