After a year and a half the tripod and camera are finished. I just got back from a week workshop in the eastern Sierras. I have some kinks to work out but I exposed six sheets and I'll develop them tomorrow and see if I need to do anything. A couple of the shots are of my ugly mug and my camera at 11,000 feet in the Bristlecone forest in the white mountains. Thanks to everyone here for their help and encouragement. You can build a camera and tripod in your apartment! So get busy!!!