Bellows Making Service

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  1. pacviewcam

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    My name is Michael Hendrickson, and I've been making bellows for large format cameras since about 1998, for my own use as a serious amateur. I first made bellows for other people in 2009.

    In the past I have hesitated to offer this as a service because there was a brilliant bellows-maker in business not too far from where I live here in Southern California, and that was Jim Ormond of Western Bellows.

    However, he has retired. So, I figure that this is a good time to offer this service. I don't know of anyone else making bellows commercially in the Continental US.

    There is more info at pacviewcam.com, then click on "About" under "Bellows" on the left panel (http://www.pacviewcam.com/bellows.html) for anyone who is interested.

    You can also email me directly at mhendrickso@gmail.com
     
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    This is the best news I've heard all day
     
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    I have a Graflex Century can you make red bellows for it?
     
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    Great news. I've purchased a restored camera from Micheal and his work is first rate.
     
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    CORRECTION to my original post:

    If you go to the link I indicated, there's no "left panel" because my HTML skills are pretty limited. However, if you go to www.pacviewcam.com the left panel shows up, and shows the link to the bellows page.

    Thanks everybody.
     
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    Glad to know this. Have you considered making bellows for medium format folding cameras also? There is a real need for replacement bellows there.
     
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    Good news! I've added the address for future reference.
     
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    Two thumbs up. Good luck!
     
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    " So, I figure that this is a good time to offer this service. I don't know of anyone else making bellows commercially in the Continental US."

    Please note that Turner Bellows located in Rochester, NY also makes bellows for photographic equipment and has done so since 1935.

    Welcome to the APUG community!
     
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    I. too, would be interested in Twin-Lens bellows, and also a bellows for my Leitz 1c enlarger.
     
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    What about bellows for enlargers?
     
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    Thanks for all the response.

    However, really can't reply to questions on the forum. I think that would constitute "doing commerce", which is against forum guidelines and something I wish to avoid.

    Please PM or (better) email me at mhendrickso@gmail.com with inquiries.

    Meanwhile, I'm glad to hear Turner Bellows is still in business! I hope they're doing well.

    Thanks everybody,

    --Michael Hendrickson
     
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    As I undertand it, the cost to become an APUG advertiser is very reasonable :smile:

    Sean can tell you more.