Big coincidence—I've corresponded a few times in the East with a TOP reader named Earl Dunbar, who lives in Rochester, New York, about an hour and a half by car from where S. lives. We never met last Winter during my trips East even though we talked about it. (I'm often not able to meet with readers but I almost always enjoy it when I can.) After my last post he shot me a quick email that said, "I'm here on Keuka!" Earl and his wife were visiting a friend on the lake.
He included a picture that looked almost exactly like the shoreline where we're renting.
Well, long story short, it turned out that Earl was virtually next door to us. So I dropped down and spent a pleasant late afternoon chatting with Earl at the lake's edge.
Along the way he told me something interesting about wooden tripods that I had never heard before. He used to have a Zone VI tripod that he said was great because it was very solid and could really take abuse—it had nowhere for water or dirt to collect, so it could be submerged or used in dirty conditions. It eventually became too heavy for him, so he replaced it with a carbon fiber model.
But the best thing about the wooden tripod, according to Earl? He was able to refinish it before he sold it. Took it apart, sanded it down, put a gleaming coat of varnish on it—and sold it for top dollar looking good as new.
That's a "feature" of wooden tripods that was new to me.
Made me chuckle—no matter how much you think you know about a thing, there's always a new wrinkle hiding somewhere.
(Thanks to Earl)
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