Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
I almost added that to my post, but realized that my woodworking skills are embarressing (even worse than my spelling)...
Wood bounces better than metal

I had a quick release system on a tripod release my Wista without reason, it bounced on a tarmac road then split a major joint, I tapped the joint back into place with a shoe heel. it stayed like that another 15+ years before I re-glued the joint 2 years ago.

Even of you can't fix it a good cabinet maker can mend a wooden camera, and even make new parts if needed. That's from practical experience - hoever with restortaion where parts were missing which is actually harder.